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Sunday, 14 August 2011

Breaking the cycle of poverty

A UNIFEF video presentation on the role cash transfers are playing in Zambia to provide social protection to vulnerable families. Some of the examples given are interesting (education, health) but the jury is still out whether cash transfers can lead to sustained escape from poverty. More discussion on this here and here.


  1. It is of course subsidies and social welfare that has enriched the workforce in western countries including the US despite all their official denials! Free market my foot! Investment in citizens always pays off handsomely in a couple of decades. Nothing else methinks

  2. Of course it will help. At least for the young.
    Keep everyone as healthy as possible, educate them as far as possible, and then set them free in an environment where business and entepreneurship is rewarded and then watch the economy grow.
    Those of us who had free education would love to see the next generation get the same or better opportunities. And if you educate the women the birth rate drops from 7 per woman to between two and three. So then we don't have to build schools and clinics so fast and can start to catch up a bit.

  3. I think there must be a mistake - does she actually receive 1500 ZMK every two months? That's equal to about $0.30 USD!


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