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Social Exclusion and Access to Social Protection Schemes

 Kim Andreas Kessler, Academic Trainee, Quality Assurance and Poverty Reduction Section, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

Below you find a summary of some of the key findings of Stephen Kidd’s (2014) paper on social protection. To access the full article, click here.

What can lead to exclusion from social protection schemes?

Kidd (2014) argues that processes of social exclusion with its three dimensions exclusionary forces, structural disadvantage and limitations in capabilities are a key cause of exclusion from social protection schemes:




Helping the 'poor' – Inclusive or Exclusive Social Protection Schemes?

The paper argues that 'poor' people are more likely to access adequately resourced social protection schemes if these schemes are inclusive, meaning they are designed to reach both the more and the less powerful members of society. On the basis of Sen's (1995) argument that 'poor' people are likely to be politically weak and therefore less able to hold policy makers to account, the paper suggests that the following conclusions can be drawn:




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