The politics of social transfers in Africa: from adoption to implementation

Prof. Samuel Hickey, University of Manchester

What explains the take-up of social transfers in Africa? This session argues that we need to go beyond the standard answer – that it’s all about elections and donor pressure – to account for the politics of survival and the different pathways at work. Going further, it will show how politics is also shaping the implementation of social transfer programmes, particularly in terms of uneven levels of state capacity and local political dynamics. This session will draw on comparative analysis undertaken with Tom Lavers (also GDI, Manchester) and other colleagues through the Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre (see and also these open access publications on adoption and implementation). 

Date: 01 June 2022

Time: 13:30 - 14:30  CEST