Antipoverty Transfers in the South

Professor Armando Barrientos, Research Director at the Brooks World Poverty Institute, the University of Manchester

Co-presented with the Sydney Social Justice Network

Thursday 13 March

Since the turn of the century, antipoverty transfers have emerged as a key area of international development policy and practice. Large scale programmes providing direct transfers to households in poverty in middle income countries have made an important contribution to the reduction of global poverty. More recently, antipoverty transfer programmes are beginning to emerge in low income countries. By 2010, conservative estimates indicate that between three quarters and one billion people in the South lived in households receiving antipoverty transfers. The expansion of antipoverty transfers in the South largely represents domestic policy responses to poverty and vulnerability. It points to the primary role of distinctive social assistance institutions in the emerging welfare regimes in the South. In countries like South Africa or Brazil, antipoverty transfers are part of a renewed social contract focused on social, economic, and political inclusion of disadvantaged groups. The paper adopts a global perspective on the growth of social assistance in developing countries, it combines a discussion of the foundations of antipoverty transfers with an assessment of current practice.

Professor Armando Barrientos

Armando Barrientos is Professor and Research Director at the Brooks World Poverty Institute at the University of Manchester in the UK. He is also so-Director of the International Research Initiative on Brazil and Africa. His research interests focus on the linkages existing between welfare programmes and labour markets in developing countries, and on policies addressing poverty, vulnerability, and population ageing. His work has been published widely. His most recent books are Social Protection for the Poor and Poorest (2008, edited with D. Hulme); Just Give Money to the Poor (2010, with J. Hanlon and D. Hulme); Demographics, Employment and Old Age Security: Emerging Trends and Challenges in South Asia (2010, edited with Moneer Alam), and Social Assistance in Developing Countries (2013).