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ESR 3 Effectiveness of social protection in fighting poverty

Early Stage Researcher: Kate O'Donnell

Research Directors: Prof. Dr. Andrew Fischer (International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands); Prof. Dr. Fikret Adaman (Department of Economics, Boğaziçi University, Turkey)

The PhD project will examine the determinants of effectiveness of social protection programmes in fighting poverty based on an extended literature survey. Kenya and Ghana serve as empirical case studies. Among other aspects, the project will focus on gender and inter-generational inequalities and how they are affected through social protection schemes. The researcher will select cases of social protection programmes that were successful and compare them with unsuccessful ones in order to identify the factors that lead to success operationalized as effectiveness in reducing poverty levels and increasing the well-being levels of the targeted populations.

Expected Results:
Identification of factors that influence the effectiveness of social protection programmes in reducing poverty.

The project involves a strong collaboration between the International Institute of Social Studies of EUR and Boğaziçi University.
Secondments are planned as field research periods in Africa (3 months each), supervised by Moi University (Kenya) and the SD-Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies (Ghana).


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