10. Introduction to the case studies INTRODUCTION This part of the book contains 15 social transfer case studies drawn from six countries of the southern African region in the period 2006–07. The six countries are Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and case studies were selected within and across them as the outcome of a stakeholder consultation that emphasized knowledge gaps and scope for lesson learning. The list of case studies including their countries, titles and acronyms appears in Table 10.1. The chosen case studies provide a varied representation of social protection practice in southern Africa. Some are small scale and of limited duration, while others have national coverage and are permanently in place, secured by legislation and provided as a right to their recipients. Small scale projects are often innovative, and some were designed as pilots or experiments in cash transfers to vulnerable beneﬁciaries, with a view to their potential for scaling up in the future. The authors are aware that case studies from southern Africa can hardly be regarded as representative of social protection in sub-Saharan Africa as a whole. It is for this reason that important examples from other subSaharan African countries are provided in the preceding chapters. Yet there are various reasons why these case studies can nevertheless oﬀer lessons that are widely applicable across the continent. One reason is that this region more than any other experienced a prolonged era of periodic hunger crises between 2001 and 2006. This catapulted the...
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