Social Protection and Africa’s Progress Towards Achieving MDGs Social Safety

Background paper to the ERD 2010


Mina Baliamoune-Lutz, Professor and Kip Fellow of Economics, University of North Florida


Paper prepared for the Conference on “Experiences and lessons from social protection programmes across the developing world: what role for the EU?”, organised by the European Report of Development in Paris, France, 17-18 June, 2010.


In this paper, I first assess Africa’s progress towards achieving the fi rst six Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), focusing on the main target indicators. Second, using recent African data on MDG indicators and an index of social protection, and after controlling for other relevant variables, I examine the relationship between social protection and various MDG indicators. I comment on the results of the analysis and provide a discussion of some areas in which African countries may need to place a greater emphasis on social protection.

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