blog iconMeans-testing the UK’s Winter Fuel Allowance: how does this contribute to our understanding of the political economy of social security?

The UK’s Labour Party has recently responded to the Conservative – or in theory, Coalition – government’s attacks on the social security system by trying to prove they can be even tougher. To prove it, they’ve decided to go after one of the UK’s few remaining inclusive benefits and subject...

blog iconPro-Poor Policies and the Rise of an Alienated Middle-Class in Developing Countries

From Turkey to Brazil, the middle-class are out on the streets protesting. In a thought-provoking article, Francis Fukuyama argues that the cause of these protests is a growing middle class with aspirations that are not being realised. As he notes: “Newly arrived members of the middle-class are more likely to be...

News IconUgandan MPs winning argument to make Senior Citizens’ Grant national, event hears

30th November 2017: The political discussion about the future of Uganda’s piloted Senior Citizens’ Grant has progressed to how the pension can be introduced nationally, an event heard last night....

blog iconBangladesh: Social Unrest, Elections and a Failed Social Model

Bangladesh has just experienced troubled elections boycotted by the main opposition party, amid strikes and violence. It is not a happy country. Yet, in many respects, since independence the country has made good progress. While many commentators in the 1980s wrote off the country as a basket case, its economy...

blog iconMPs in Uganda make case for universal social protection programme

When discussing the social protection governance in developing countries, we usually focus on the Executive Branch institutions and their role in policy development – as well as the design, implementation and monitoring of schemes – but pay little attention to the role of Parliaments. Nonetheless, as part of their key...

blog iconUniversal child benefits: The curious case of Mongolia

Up to now, Mongolia has been famous for Genghis Khan, nomadic herders and grand wrestling competitions in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar. But, it can now add to its list of fame that it is the only developing nation to introduce universal child benefits! Worldwide, close to one in seven...

blog iconLessons to Be Learned: International Interventions in Timor-Leste

The time has come to learn from international interventions in Timor-Leste: Political economy and conflict analyses must be applied in support of countries in transition.  Sitting at a long table in a quiet pedestrian street soaking in the Portuguese sunshine, I recently caught up with a former colleague who was in...

News IconThe building of an inclusive social protection system for Angola moves forward

The building of an inclusive social protection system for Angola was under discussion at a high-level forum today at which Development Pathways presented. At the event, opened by Angola’s Secretary...

blog iconRationing, not targeting

“Will no-one rid me of this troublesome PMT?” [i] Anyone who has worked in social protection knows that the thorniest issue of all is that of “targeting”. The recent polemics on these pages about the inadequacy of the Proxy Means Test (PMT) as a “targeting” mechanism (including my last blog post: Poxy...

News IconThe impact of increased migration on the politics of social protection under spotlight

29th November: The politics of social protection and how this is affected by increased migration will be under the spotlight at a University of Cambridge event. The Politics of Social...