Universal Formula for Poverty Related Social Cash Transfer Size Determination by Governments: Sub-Saharan Africa Experience.

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Universal Formula for Poverty Related Social Cash Transfer Size Determination by Governments: Sub-Saharan Africa Experience.

Abstract There have been limited studies critically examining the rational for unconditional cash transfer size and its determination in Sub-Saharan Africa. Methodologically, the study adopted content analysis of mainstream literature on incidence of poverty and social protection strategies involving social cash transfer for the protection of vulnerable groups. Findings revealed that while only 9.6% of global population remained below the global poverty line for the achievement of Millennium Development Goal 1 by 2015, a relatively higher proportion of 35.5% of the people in Sub-Saharan Africa fell below the poverty line within the period. Governments in Sub-Saharan Africa make efforts to protect vulnerable groups such as the aged, orphaned children and the extremely poor against the effects of poverty, through social cash transfers. However, the cash transfer sizes were far from placing beneficiaries on the global poverty line.