Category: 'poverty alleviation'

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Social assistance and the’dependency syndrome’

This policy brief looks at pros and cons of social assistance and the factors that  hinder the progress of social assistance programmes, including the ‘dependency syndrome’. It argues that in some instances social assistance in chronic poverty situations can actually assists beneficiaries to be less dependent.

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Rural Enterprises and Poverty Reduction

This paper summarizes the experience of IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) projects in the Asia and the Pacific region in supporting rural micro and small enterprises (RMSEs) in the non-farm sector as a way to reduce rural poverty.

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Empowering Women Through Income Generating Projects: Evidence From Indonesia

This paper looks at how the government and civil society organizations have funded programmes for women in income generating activities in Indonesia. The paper explains how insufficient research was done prior to the programme and hence the loans given to them were not enough. The paper argues that substancial research and analysis should be done […]

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Community Safety Initiative Gender-Based Violence Program

This report takes a look at how women, who are refugees and have experienced gender based violence, can empower themselves by starting income generating projects. The report shows how women can gain skills and education from the programmes run by the ARC organization. This project is important as it demonstrates how women in poverty can provide sustainable […]

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Enterprise development unpacked: A tool for prosperity

This paper focuses on enterprise development and how it can be used in job creation and poverty alleviation. It then outlines how enterprise development can help in Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Small Medium – Micro Enterprises which are very important in today’s economy.

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Industree Craft: A Case Study in Social Enterprise Development Using the Four Lenses Approach

This article looks at an approach called four lenses strategic framework. This framework looks at analyzing organizational behaviour and performance in aspiring social enterprises from the four perspectives which are: depth of impact, adaptability, efficiency and blended value. The article looks at the example of Industree Craft an organization which deals with poverty alleviation in […]

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The Importance of Agro-Industry for Socio-Economic Development and Poverty Reduction

This discussion paper looks at how the agricultural industry can be used by governments and international organisations in promoting economic growth. This paper also looks at how small businesses and job creation can be increased by supporting agricultural growth.

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Prospects for South Africa’s Future

This report focuses on what interventions need to be done in order to develop South Africa economically, socially and politically. The report looks at how strategic programmes and processes can be done in order to move South Africa in a positive direction.

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The financial impact of HIV/AIDS on poor households in South Africa

This report concerns a study of the financial impact that HIV/AIDS has on poor households in South Africa. The study made use of Financial Diaries (which is a dataset that tracks household level cashflows over one year) to determine the financial impacts of HIV/AIDS-related deaths.

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Review of Income Poverty in South Africa

The report concerns the South African economy and focuses specifically on income poverty. It investigates South Africa’s economy pre-1994 as well as a post-1994 and considers unemployment figures, changes in poverty figures, the rising affluence among black South Africans and events that influenced the economy. The report also includes findings and recommendations of the “Speak […]

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