Conceptual Administration of Cash Transfers within the Wider Social Protection Initiatives in Reducing Poverty in Uganda

Julius Okello


The existence of disconnected and overlapping research findings on who are vulnerable poor continue to mingle in minds of researchers, policy and decision makers as well as households in various communities. Most of these groups have had specific research studies conducted, but all skewed toward strategic policy design to address household vulnerability to poverty. This article attempts to provide a strategic model approach to understanding of the concept of cash transfers programs and policies towards reducing and preventing households from poverty and vulnerability from a social protection perspective. In this regards, the paper looks at and reviews available text on who are vulnerable households in a post-conflict context and then focus on more general issues of poverty and vulnerability at household and community levels in Uganda. It examines the causes of household and community vulnerability to poverty and suggests what social protection interventions provided by social protection actors including the state and non-state actors can do in reducing and preventing household vulnerability to poverty. The vulnerable communities reviewed here are those households and communities members emerging from inter-intra-conflicts. The article begins with an overview of poverty distribution trends and identifies who are vulnerable poor among rural and urban context.

Keywords: Social protection, cash transfers, poverty, poverty line, vulnerability and households

DOI: 10.7176/JPID/53-01

Publication date:March 31st 2020

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