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Welcome to Transformative Social Policy Programme

The Transformative Social Policy Programme of the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, grew out of the research programme at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (Geneva) on Social Policy in the Development Context.

 

 Transformative Social Policy Programme

 

The Transformative Social Policy Programme of the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, grew out of the research programme at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (Geneva) on Social Policy in the Development Context. There are two on-going research projects led by Jimi Adesina within the programme. The first is a SIDA-Nordic Africa Institute-funded research project on “Poverty and Social Transfer Schemes in Sub-Saharan Africa”. The second is a CODESRIA-funded comparative research network on “Beyond Social Protection: Social Policy in Rethinking Africa’s Development”. This is a collaborative research project involving colleagues in Ghana and Uganda, on a comparative study of Ghana, Rwanda, and South Africa.Both research projects involve working with a cohort of doctoral and master’s degree candidates. The principal objective of the research is to explore the social protection dimension of social policy and the nexus of the multiple tasking of social policy, the links between social and economic policies, and transformative effects of social policy instruments. The research uses a transformative approach to the study of social policy and public policy-making and implementation to provide a wider lens, stressing the links between economic and social policy, the multi-tasking of social policy including redistribution, protection, reproduction, production and social cohesion or nationbuilding. The premise is that it allows us to transcend the “intrinsic” versus “instrumental” narratives in current approaches to social policy.

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