This report examines the ways in which Interim Poverty Reduction
Strategy Papers (I-PRSPs) and PRSPs are tackling social protection
issues. By social protection, we mean public policy concerned with the
livelihoods and welfare of particularly poor and vulnerable groups -
those who have been bypassed or who have lost out in other economic and
social policy, and those who, for various reasons, are particularly
vulnerable to the effects of poverty. There are now many reports
analysing different aspects of PRSPs. Why produce another?
Firstly, the treatment of social protection issues in PRSPs and I-PRSPs
has not been systematically examined despite their vital importance to
poverty reduction. Secondly, in recent years, international development
discourse has started to recognise more fully the importance of adequate
social protection. Given the involvement of donors and lenders in the
development of I-PRSPs and PRSPs in many countries, these strategy
documents are one window on how far international policy discourse and
commitments are influencing national policies and strategies.
Finally, this report examines the extent to which PRSPs and I-PRSPs
developed to date include specific commitments to tackling childhood and
youth poverty, an area which despite its importance has received little
attention. By protecting children from some of the harmful effects of
poverty on nutrition, health and education, effective social protection
can play an important role in both immediate and long-term poverty
Whose Poverty Matters? Vulnerability, Social Protection and PRSPs, CPRC Working Paper No. 19, CHIP Working Paper No. 1, CHIP/Chronic Poverty Research Centre (CPRC), Manchester, UK, ISBN 1-904049-18-4, 52 pp.
Whose Poverty Matters? Vulnerability, Social Protection and PRSPs, CPRC Working Paper No. 19, CHIP Working Paper No. 1