In sub-Saharan Africa, social protection schemes are frequently implemented in silos. This video animation illustrates the findings of research into Linking Social Protection Programmes in Ethiopia which suggests that the coordination of interventions enhances the protection of households from multiple risks.
Linking Social Protection Programmes in Ethiopia
In sub-Saharan Africa, social protection schemes are frequently implemented in silos. However, such schemes may actually be mutually reinforcing and produce synergies, particularly when these schemes are operating in the same geographic areas.
Researchers from the International Institute of Social Studies, the German Development Institute and Addis Ababa University examined the joint impacts of two social protection programmes in Ethiopia: the Productive Safety Net Programme and a Community Based Health Insurance scheme.
The researchers found that coordination of the two interventions enhances protection of households to multiple risks and produces more than the sum of the individual effects. Key highlights of the research findings are covered in an animation produced by SciAni.
The research was carried out by Dr Zemzem Shigute and Professor Arjun Bedi from ISS, in collaboration with Dr Christoph Strupat and Dr Francesco Burchi from the German Development Institute and Dr Getnet Alemu from Addis Ababa University.
Its findings may be relevant to academics, policymakers and practitioners working on access to health care and social protection more broadly.
The research was funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), the Ethiopian Economics Association, the Erasmus University Trust fund and the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.