Social Policy in the Middle East and North Africa
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Social Policy in the Middle East and North Africa

The New Social Protection Paradigm and Universal Coverage

Edited by Rana Jawad, Nicola Jones and Mahmood Messkoub

This book presents a state of the art in the developing field of social policy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. It offers an up-to-date conceptual analysis of social policy programmes and discourses in the MENA region by critically reviewing the range of social insurance and social assistance schemes that are currently in existence there. It also analyses and offers suggestions on which of these policies can positively impact the region’s advancement in terms of human development and in addressing social and economic inequalities and exclusion.
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Chapter 12: Conclusion: synthesis and a way forward for scholarship, policy and practice

Rana Jawad, Nicola Jones and Mahmood Messkoub

Abstract

This chapter reviews the conceptual and policy discussions presented in this book to highlight the implications for the future development of scholarship on social policy issues in MENA as well as the broader policy and practice issues that arise for national and international decision-makers working in this field. The chapter synthesizes the major social policy developments in MENA over the last decade, as the discourse of social protection has developed an increasingly prominent position across all developing world regions. The chapter shows that the attention given to the idea of universalism in this book helps to ascertain the extent to which both coverage and level of adequacy of social protection benefits in MENA have changed in the last decade. In this respect, the book joins the debate in other developing regions, most notably Latin America and Africa, in assessing the changing nature of the social welfare provisioning by state and non-state actors in low- and middle-income countries.

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