BIARI Alumni Initiative

A Comparative Study of the Methods and Impacts of Employment Guarantee Schemes across the Global South: Inclusion or Elite Capture?

BIARI Participant(s):
Saumya Chakrabarti, Oliver Mtapuri, Lucas Gonzáles, Saleh Ahmed
Visva-Bharati University, India, University of Limpopo, University of San Andrés, and University of San Martín, Utah State University
Participant in BIARI 2010: Development & Inequality in the Global South

The first part of this project is synthesize the findings on NREGS based on secondary information and provide an overall assessment of the spread and effectiveness of a rights-based decentralized community-driven scheme in tackling poverty and social, political and economic exclusions. The second part of this project is to summarize the already documented country experiences for South Africa (e.g. on Expanded Public Works Programme - EPWP), Argentina (e.g. Trabajar; Jefes de Hogar, JH; Asignación Universal por Hijo, AUH), Brazil (e.g. Bolsa Familia, BF), and Bangladesh. The third part is a comparative analysis of these country experiences, including that of India, focusing on case studies as much as possible.

The objective is to understand how far these programmes across the global south are effective in ushering growth with equity.