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Disability Cash Transfers In The Context Of Poverty And Unemployment: The Case Of South Africa

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Cash transfers have recently become more common in developing countries and are the subject of a growing body of research on their reach and impacts (Ellis, Devereux and White, 2009). In low income countries, disability cash transfer programs tend to be small with low take up rates (e.g. in India (World Bank 2007; p.113)). In middle income countries, size of these programs has often increased in recent years (e.g., Brazil or South Africa), and yet little is known about their impacts. South Africa has a non-contributory and means-tested Disability Grant (DG) program for working age persons who are unable to work due to physical or mental disabilities. Purpose of this paper is to provide evidence on the South African experience of providing disability cash transfers.

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