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Capability-Promoting PoliciesEnhancing Individual and Social Development$
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Hans-Uwe Otto, Melanie Walker, and Holger Ziegler

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447334316

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447334316.001.0001

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Informal workers and human development in South Africa

Informal workers and human development in South Africa

(p.161) Nine Informal workers and human development in South Africa
Capability-Promoting Policies

Ina Conradie

Policy Press

This chapter examines how the human development approach and the capability approach can be used to inform policy formulation by considering the case of social insurance for informal workers in South Africa. It begins with a discussion of the nature of the human development approach and the capability approach and the ways they can be used in the formulation of social policy. It then describes a short background study of poverty and problems in contemporary South Africa before outlining a policy proposal for social protection of informal workers in South Africa, based on human development and capability expansion. This proposal involves a savings plan based on the Mbao scheme in Kenya that might alleviate poverty. The chapter argues that this savings plan may help address the cycle of over-indebtedness among the poor and the emerging lower middle class in South Africa.

Keywords:   human development approach, capability approach, social insurance, informal workers, South Africa, social policy, poverty, social protection, savings plan, Kenya

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