news IconHuman rights for people with disabilities: Dennis Mugambi Njue’s view


Master's student, Dennis Mugambi Njue, shares his views on disability, social protection and human rights in Kenya.


Does your social benefit system encourage informal employment?

Social policy specialist, Chad Anderson, talks about his experiences of the impacts of social policy choices have on the informal sector.


Pension or disability assistance: an unfair choice in Georgia?

When COVID-19 restrictions were first put in place in spring 2020, the Government of Georgia provided aid to different groups. Unfortunately, this was done in a way which left many people out – in particular, penalising older people with disabilities, a particularly vulnerable group who face not only non-working, no-income years, but also the additional costs that come with living with a disability.


Challenging misassumptions behind policymaking: “Women’s participation in social safety net programmes increases their agency and influence”

Anasuya Sengupta, Senior Social Policy Specialist and Holly Seglah, Social Policy Officer at Development Pathways, further debunk the notion that women’s participation in social safety net programmes increases their agency and influence.


Challenging misassumptions behind policymaking: “Being gender aware promotes gender equality”

In this edition Maxine Molyneux, Professor of Sociology at University College London, debunks the notion that “Being gender aware promotes gender equality”. 


What are the additional costs of living to people with disabilities?

People with disabilities are more likely to experience poverty and vulnerability because they face additional costs. Our guest blogger, Peter Muraya, shares his experiences of the unseen costs of living with a disability in Kenya.


A conversation with Peter Muraya

Peter Muraya is a student from Njoro, in the Rift Valley of Kenya. He was involved in a train accident when he was 13, which left him without three limbs: without two legs and a hand. The accident meant that Peter didn’t pass his exams as expected. He did however manage...


The pleonasm of shock-responsive social protection

Three Christmases ago, I wrote a blog post about all the oxymorons involved in social protection! I refrained from naming names, but I provided a number of examples of commonly used phrases that were oxymoronic. An oxymoron, as a reminder, is a phrase that is inherently self-contradictory: “deafening silence”, “painfully...


Reflections from a double landlocked country on the establishment of a digital and integrated information system for social protection

By Richard Chirchir and Boniface Kibicho If you studied geography in school, then you must know that there are only two double landlocked countries in our spherical geoid: (i) Uzbekistan, in Central Asia, and (ii) Liechtenstein, in Western Europe. So, is there any relationship between access to oceans and social...


Social registry…or regular sophistry

By Nicholas Freeland Stephen Kidd’s recent paper sets out very clearly the problems associated with the use to which social registries are commonly put: poverty targeting of social assistance, primarily through proxy means testing. I agree with many of his misgivings. But I have an even more fundamental concern about the concept of a “social registry”: what is it intended to...