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    Language: English
    Description: The Sourcebook on the Foundations of Social Protection Delivery Systems synthesizes real-world experiences and lessons learned of social protection delivery systems from around the globe. It takes a broad view of social protection, covering various intended populations such as poor or low-income families, unemployed workers, persons with disabilities, and individuals facing social risks. It discusses many types of interventions that governments provide to individuals, families, or households, including categorical programs, poverty-targeted programs, labor benefits and services, disability benefits and services, and social services. The Sourcebook seeks to address concrete “how-to†? questions, including: • How do countries deliver social protection benefits and services? • How do they do so effectively and efficiently? • How do they ensure dynamic inclusion, especially for the most vulnerable and needy? • How do they promote better coordination and integration—not only among social protection programs but also among programs in other parts of government? • How can they meet the needs of their intended populations and provide a better client experience? The delivery systems framework elaborates on the key elements of that operating environment. The framework is anchored in core implementation phases along the delivery chain. Key actors, including people and institutions, interact all along that delivery chain. Those interactions are facilitated by communications, information systems, and technology. This framework can apply to the delivery of one or many programs and to the delivery of adaptive social protection. The Sourcebook structures itself around eight key principles that can frame the delivery systems mind-set: 1. There is no single blueprint for delivery systems, but there are commonalities, and those common elements constitute the core of the delivery systems framework. 2. Quality of implementation matters, and weaknesses in any of the core elements will negatively affect the entire system, reducing the impacts of the program(s) they support. 3. Delivery systems evolve over time, in a nonlinear fashion, and their starting points matter. 4. Efforts should be made to “keep it simple†? and to “do simple well,†? from the start. 5. The “first mile†?—people’s direct interface with administrative functions—is often the weakest link in the delivery chain; improving it may take systemic change but will greatly improve overall efficiencies and mitigate the risk of failures on the frontlines. 6. Social protection programs do not operate in a vacuum, and thus their delivery systems should not be developed in silos; synergies across institutions and information systems are possible and can improve program outcomes. 7. Social protection delivery systems can contribute more broadly to government’s ability to serve other sectors, such as health insurance subsidies, scholarships, social energy tariffs, housing benefits, and legal services. 8. The dual challenges of inclusion and coordination are pervasive and perennial and encourage the continuous improvement of delivery systems, through a dynamic, integrated, and human-centered approach.
    ISBN: 9781464815775
    ISBN: 1464815771
    ISSN: 5198-3159
    Source: Alma/SFX Local Collection
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  • 2
    ISBN: 0821338390  ISBN: 9780821338391 
    Language: English
    Description: Scarred by the violent responses to earlier cuts in its extensive food subsidy program, the Tunisian Government developed self-targeting subsidies, both politically acceptable and protective of the purchasing power and nutritional status of the poor, to reduce the budgetary costs of these transfers. Two mutually reinforcing approaches to self-targeting (where the poor identify themselves) are currently being implemented. The first tactic, a variant of the inferior goods approach, involves shifting subsidies to narrowly-defined items within a product line that are perceived by consumers to be of lower quality because they possess certain unattractive features in their packaging or ingredients. Although the intrinsic values of these products are preserved, these perceived inferior characteristics discourage consumption by wealthier households. The second method, the superior goods approach involves easing government controls to allow the private sector to market higher-quality, unsubsidized products that appeal to wealthier consumers, who then consume less of the subsidized varieties.
    ISBN: 0821338390
    ISBN: 9780821338391
    Source: World Bank E-Library Archive (DFG Nationallizenzen)
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  • 3
    ISSN: 0257-3032  ISSN: 1564-6971 
    Language: English
    In: The World Bank research observer, 1998-08-01, Vol.13 (2), p.213-229
    Description: Can self-selection of subsidized commodities be used as a mechanism to transfer income to the poor? Evidence from two self-targeting programs, one in South Africa and one in Tunisia, shows that although self-targeting can clearly improve the distribution of food subsidies to the poorest members of society, its power to alleviate poverty and reduce income disparities is limited by preference patterns, income inequality, and the size of the individual subsidies. Self-targeting through quality and product differentiation can be a useful means to reform existing universal subsidy schemes, but it should be considered a transitional tool while the capacity for implementing more precise mechanisms is developed.
    Subject(s): Income inequality ; Observational research ; Poverty ; World Bank ; Consumer economics ; Commodities ; Corn ; Subsidies ; Tax exemptions ; Elasticity of demand
    ISSN: 0257-3032
    ISSN: 1564-6971
    E-ISSN: 1564-6971
    Source: EconLit with Full Text
    Source: World Bank e-Library
    Source: JSTOR Arts & Sciences VI
    Source: Oxford Journals 2016 Current and Archive A-Z Collection
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