Shocks and social protection in the Horn of Africa: analysis from the Productive Safety Net programme in Ethiopia

Authors

  • Christophe Béné,

    1. Research Fellow in the Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction team and member of the Centre for Social Protection at the Institute of Development Studies.
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  • Stephen Devereux,

    1. Research Fellow in the Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction team and member of the Centre for Social Protection at the Institute of Development Studies.
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  • Rachel Sabates-Wheeler

    1. Research Fellow in the Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction team and member of the Centre for Social Protection at the Institute of Development Studies.
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Summary

Using panel data from the Ethiopian Productive Safety Net Program, this paper explores the degree to which this social protection programme has been successful in protecting its beneficiaries against the various shocks that have affected the Horn of Africa in the recent past. The analysis suggests that although the PSNP has managed to improve households’ food security and wellbeing, the positive effects of the programme are not robust enough to shield recipients completely against the impacts of severe shocks.

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