Social and Health Policies for Inclusive Growth (SHPIG)

Breaking the Vicious Circle between Poverty and Ill-Health. Are cash transfers and social health protection policies in Ghana and Kenya mutually complementing?
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Social protection is increasingly considered as relevant instrument for inducing inclusive growth. This corresponds to the broader idea of inclusive development taking social inequality and sustainability issues as priori concerns, and reflects a substantial change of perspective. Good health is an important component of inclusive growth. Poverty and ill health are strongly correlated and mutually reinforcing: High direct and indirect costs of accessing treatment lead to poverty or reinforce existing poverty. At the same time poor people are more vulnerable to disease and disability (e.g. due to bad nutrition). Cash transfers and social health protection share similar objectives in this regard, but the relationship between both has not been thoroughly addressed yet.

The research aims at developing new strategic knowledge on the effectiveness of cash transfer programs and social health protection policies in Ghana and Kenya with respect to the accumulation of health related human capital and its spill-over effects on further intermediate inclusive growth objectives, including labor participation, asset accumulation and equality. It seeks to understand if and under which conditions these policies are mutually complementary. It further extends existing research by combining cost-effectiveness with political-economic considerations. Specific target population groups are the extreme poor in general and poor women and vulnerable children in particular.

The research employs a within-country comparison across time combining econometric approaches with a qualitative process-tracing and institutional approach.

It is a core objective of the project to contribute to the dialogue between national and international stakeholders from the research and practitioner community. This will be achieved by engaging in a multi-level and interactive process of co-production of knowledge between strategic actors in the process (for example researchers, ministries, NGOs). Therefore the project engages besides the consortium members comprising actors from academia and civil society also the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) of the Government of Ghana, the Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Services (MoLSSS) of the Government of Kenya, as well as the two country-wide NGOs Social Enterprise Development Foundation Western Ghana (SEND) and Kenya Community Based Health Financing Association (KCBHFA). The project will also closely collaborate with the Knowledge Platform on Inclusive Development Policies – INCLUDE. The platform is one of five knowledge platforms initiated by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to contribute to knowledge and effective policies in the Netherlands, other donor countries and developing countries.

 

Project duration: 10.05.2015-09.07.2017

Funding organization: NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) - WOTRO Science for Global Development

Project partners at HBRS

Lead

Prof. Dr. Katja Bender
International Centre for Sustainable Development (IZNE)
Tel.: +49 2241 865 9660
E-Mail: katja.bender@h-brs.de  

 

Prof. Dr. Esther Schüring
Department of Social Security Studies
Tel. +49 2241 865 161
E-Mail: esther.schuering@h-brs.de

 

Research Fellow

Dr. Barbara Rohregger
International Centre for Sustainable Development (IZNE)
Tel. +49 2241 865 9699
E-Mail: barbara.rohregger@h-brs.de

 

Associated Research Fellow

Callistus Agbaam
PhD Student am Institut für Entwicklungsforschung und Entwicklungspolitik
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Email: Callistus.Agbaam@rub.de
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Principal investigator:

University of Amsterdam

Dr. Nicky Pouw
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Research Group: Governance and Inclusive Development
E-Mail: N.R.M.Pouw@uva.nl
Tel.:  +31 205254105

 

Consortium members: 

Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences

University of Amsterdam

European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI)

University of Nairobi, Kenia

University of Ghana in Accra

University of Development Studies in Tamale, Ghana

 

In cooperation with

Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP), Ghana

Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Services (MoLSSS), Kenia

Social Enterprise Development Foundation Western Ghana (SEND)

Kenya Community Based Health Financing Association (KCBHFA)