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Anna McCord | Bien Conference 2006


This paper asks whether Public Works are a viable alternative to other forms of social protection for the working age poor, such as a Basic Income Grant, particularly in the context of Sub-Saharan Africa, using South Africa as a case study. This question is particularly pertinent given the political preference for public works over social grants in both the North, where it is popularly characterised as ‘workfare’, and also in the South, where similar concerns over dependency lead both influential donors, and in many instances also national governments, to adopt public works based responses to chronic poverty and structural unemployment, over basic income based instruments.

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