On the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, people are asking: can we end poverty? There is evidence that by investing a fraction of developing countries’ GDP in inclusive social protection, we can.
Inclusive lifecycle social security: an option for Uganda? considers the feasibility and likely effects of introducing a comprehensive social protection system in the country. The report for the Government of Uganda concludes that by investing only one per cent of GDP in programmes accessible for all households with children, older persons, and persons with disability, Uganda could make a “significant impact” on both inequality and poverty levels. With an investment of three per cent of GDP in these programmes, the result would be “transformative” with the national poverty rate nearly halving from 19.7% to 10.7%, almost eliminating poverty among older people, halving it for children, and reducing it by 41% for working age adults.
Uganda has piloted an inclusive Senior Citizens Grant in a number of districts across the country, accessible to every older person living in the pilot areas under the Expanding Social Protection programme.