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Social Safety Nets

Even though social safety nets have been shown to reduce poverty and inequality, only 35 percent of the world’s children have such protections available to them, a new report says. […] Read More

Despite claims that federal anti-poverty programs have failed, social safety nets have been effective in reducing U.S. poverty over the past 50 years, a new report says. […] Read More

Poverty and homelessness are choices. Before you close your browser window, upset that I am blaming impoverished and unhoused persons for poor choices that led to their predicament, hear me out. Poverty and homelessness are choices society makes, that you and I make, each and every day. By convincing ourselves that we, the “haves,” are […] Read More

Not only do social safety nets “play a pivotal role” in reducing poverty and lowering income inequality but they also have been demonstrated to be effective in doing so. These are two key assertions in the World Bank Group’s “The State of Social Safety Nets 2018” report released on April 4. “Social safety net (SSN) […] Read More

Social safety net programs positively impact 1.9 billion worldwide, according to a new World Bank report. Interest in these “non-contributory measures designed to provide regular and predictable support to poor and vulnerable people” is growing, as their effectiveness becomes more widely recognized. Currently, “an average developing country … has about 20 social safety net programs” […] Read More