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This note presents the results of the evaluation of the Greek Social Solidarity Income (SSI) program, a last resort safety net program targeted to extremely poor households with the objective of alleviating poverty in Greece. At the time of finalizing this report, the SSI program absorbed slightly less than half a percentage point of GDP, in line with the program’s budgetary allocation. The SSI reached about 320,000 households in Greece, or approximately 650,000 people.

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BLOG: The prime duty of the state and the governments running the state affairs is to promote the well being of the people by pursuing policies aimed at poverty alleviation and providing safety nets for the vulnerable sections of the society in conformity with the modern concept of a welfare state.

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Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation Dr. Sania Nishtar Sunday said that ‘Ehsaas Strategy’ was in its final stages of  review and will soon be out in the public domain as a living document.

Talking to APP here at her office, she elaborated on plans underway to engage the private sector in the “Ehsaas” framework, which encompasses 115 policy actions to be executed by 28 federal ministries/divisions/agencies for its execution.

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Parliamentarians have called for reinforced monitoring and evaluation of the Rwf174.3 billion budget allocated to social protection in the fiscal year 2019/2020 for it to achieve its objective of lifting people out of poverty. They made the request on Thursday as Parliament passed the law determining the state finances with the national budget amounting to over Rwf2.87 trillion for the next fiscal year which begins on July 1.

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This paper investigates whether the Targeting the Ultra Poor program can lift households out of poverty in a fragile context: Afghanistan.

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The World Bank-funded project would be extended to the North West and South West Regions. The technical follow up committee charged with implementation of a World Bank-funded poverty alleviation project in the poorest communities in Cameroon is brainstorming on strategies to extend the scheme to some communities in the North West and South West Regions.

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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has launched a poverty reduction programme called "Ehsaas" and tweeted an elaborate policy document stating the initiative’s action plan.

The PKR80 billion (Dh2.07 billion) programme was launched on March 27 with the aim to reduce extreme poverty in the country. In his first official address to the public as Prime Minister, Khan had said he aims to make Pakistan “a real welfare state” by concentrating on the homeless, marginalised children, widows and disabled.

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Incidence and depth of poverty in Bangladesh has been decreasing gradually because of the various efforts of the Government. As a result of effective implementation of different government and non-government activities, at present the poverty rate declined to 24.3 percent whereas it was 56.7 percent in 1991. It has been targeted to reduce poverty rate at 18.6 percent by 2020. The Government has extended the scope and allocation of social safety net programme every year with a view to achieving the desired target of poverty alleviation.

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Since the turn of the century, social assistance has emerged as a leading institution in the fight against poverty and vulnerability in the developing world. Large-scale programmes providing direct transfers to households in poverty have transformed the antipoverty policy agenda, moving it from traditional approaches of food aid and subsidies to regular and predictable forms of assistance.

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