Philanthropic donor agencies and social policy in sub-Saharan Africa – New perspectives to the “welfare mix”

Lambin, Roosa Amanda (2024). Philanthropic donor agencies and social policy in sub-Saharan Africa – New perspectives to the “welfare mix”. Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy (Early Access).

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/ics.2023.18

Abstract

The role of external actors has now been widely acknowledged in shaping social policy processes in sub-Saharan Africa. Yet, the social policy roles and influence of philanthropic donors have been less recognised and examined. As various countries in the region seek to expand social policy implementation and delivery and revitalise the development of national welfare systems, it is important to better understand the roles and functions of philanthropic donor agencies in the processes of agenda-setting, financing, and delivery of social policy. This article discusses the complex social policy functions held by philanthropic donor agencies in sub-Saharan Africa through the lens of the “welfare mix,” drawing attention to the divergencies and convergences between Western philanthropic donors and their African counterparts, while reflecting on the direction of future research agendas.

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