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Non-State Social Protection Actors and Services in Africa : Governance Below the State

Author: Nicholas Awortwi; Gregor Walter-Drop
Publisher: London : Taylor and Francis, 2017.
Series: African governance, v. 2.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"For millions of Africans, the social situation is dire. Over half of the population of Sub-Sahara Africa do not have access to improved sanitation facilities, and about a quarter are undernourished. If factors such as armed conflicts in the region, the impact of climate change, or the widespread presence of a broad range of infectious agents are considered, it shows a large number of Africans living in very fragile  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nicholas Awortwi; Gregor Walter-Drop
ISBN: 9781315161167 1315161168 9781351664523 1351664522 9781351664530 1351664530
OCLC Number: 993982752
Description: 1 online resource : text file, PDF.
Contents: 1 Governance below the state: non-state social protection services in Africa --
2 Governance characteristics and policy relevance of informal social protection services in Ethiopia: when the state is willing but not able --
3 Governance of non-state social protection services in Ghana: communication as an accountability mechanism in mutual aid organisations in Wassa --
4 Social protection and citizenship rights of vulnerable children: a perspective on interventions by non-state actors in western Kenya --
5 Governance mechanisms of burial societies in western Uganda --
6 Hedging against vulnerability: associational life as a social insurance strategy by the poor in the central region of Ghana --
7 Women's economic empowerment in Kenya: lessons from non-state social protection actors and services in the Nyanza region --
8 Governance of non-state social protection initiatives for addressing gendered poverty in Uganda: beyond counting of women on governance committees? --
9 Governance dynamics in the provision of community-based social protection services in Tanzania --
10 Conclusion and implications for public policy and governance theory: possible but different.
Series Title: African governance, v. 2.
Responsibility: Nicholas Awortwi.

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"For millions of Africans, the social situation is dire. Over half of the population of Sub-Sahara Africa do not have access to improved sanitation facilities, and about a quarter are undernourished. If factors such as armed conflicts in the region, the impact of climate change, or the widespread presence of a broad range of infectious agents are considered, it shows a large number of Africans living in very fragile circumstances, highly vulnerable to any kind of shock or rapid change. Small, informal community groups deliver the majority of social protection services in Africa, but most of these are disqualified from official recognition, support or integration with state systems because they do not "fit" the modern management model of accountability. The studies in this book challenge that verdict.?This book outlines insightful and valuable research generated by teams of established scholars. It is divided into nine studies exploring the governance of non-state actors in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda. It examines the numerous self-help groups and their effectiveness, and argues that if the modern management model is right - why do so many Africans avoid interacting with it? The book provides a warning against undermining what is possibly the single greatest social protection resource throughout Africa in the name of "reform", and suggests that the modern welfare establishment needs to adapt to (and learn from) self-help groups - not the other way around.?Non-State Social Protection Actors and Services in Africa will be of interest to donors, policy makers, practitioners, and students and scholars of African Studies, social policy and politics."--Provided by publisher.

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