Twenty-five-year-old Thayaparan breaks into a smile as she talks about getting back home to her village, after being displaced by conflict for more than 2 years.
This project builds upon earlier research into the potential role of charity and philanthropy to support development, using Colombo as a case study.

Urban areas in sub-Saharan Africa are growing rapidly. While there has been considerable attention paid to the challenges of African mega-cities, the experiences of smaller urban areas have been relatively neglected. Secondary cities, with populations of less than half a million, are absorbing two-thirds of all urban population growth in Africa.

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What political and institutional conditions are associated with effective poverty reduction and development in Liberia post-conflict, and what can domestic and external actors do to promote them?
Social cash transfer
Youth poverty is important, not least because of its implications for the future, yet rural youth poverty in particular has received little attention from researchers or policy makers. The recent innovation in policy responses to poverty in sub-Saharan Africa has been social cash transfer (SCT) schemes.
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An increase in the number and scope of conditional cash transfer (CCT) programmes as a way to provide households with financial resources to meet subsistence needs while encouraging investment in children's human capital has come as a growing number live in extreme poverty after the recent financial crisis.

“Just giving money to the poor” through social assistance programmes (including ‘social pensions’, other unconditional grants, conditional cash transfers, and emergency employment programmes) has both passionate advocates and strong opponents.

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