A volunteer delivers food parcels in Masiphumelele informal settlement in Cape Town, South Africa.
Early in the pandemic, countries had to address several questions as the virus spread and lockdowns became inevitable.
Researchers describe the cumulative effects of chronic malnutrition as a form of ‘slow violence’.
Poor nutrition stunts children’s growth and hollows out their life chances.
What social protection measures are in place for those who’ll be worst affected by the economic impacts of the lockdown?
Several groups of people are at high risk of hardship, especially those who have effectively become unemployed because of the lockdown.
One in five children in sub-Saharan Africa live in poverty.
Child poverty has important psychological and social consequences. This means solutions need to cover very many different angles.
Kenya’s pregnancy policy hasn’t addressed the inequalities between rich and poor.
Free maternal services introduced in Kenya in 2013 had the immediate impact of increasing access. But it exposed a divide in which the richest 20% of women were the biggest beneficiaries.
Pensions have made a big difference in the lives of Zanzibar’s elderly men and women.
The case of Zanzibar shows that, given certain political conditions, even low-income countries in Africa can introduce and pay for a universal pension programme.
Multiple approaches to alleviating poverty help cater for different contexts and groups of people.
There is no one perfect package for alleviating poverty, but there is agreement on what the elements should be. Combination and sequence of interventions varies, depending on context and beneficiaries.