Cash and in-kind transfers reduce chronic poverty and help poor and vulnerable households to weather shocks
Despite sustained progress in poverty reduction over the past 25 years, more than 700 million people continue to live in extreme poverty. Millions more risk falling into poverty as a result of shocks caused by financial crises, pandemics or natural disasters.
Social assistance encompasses a wide range of non-contributory programmes targeted at people who are living in chronic poverty or who are vulnerable to such shocks. It includes cash and in-kind support transfers, subsidies, and public works schemes.
Germany supports partner governments to strengthen the systems that are required to administer effective social assistance programmes as part of their commitment to achieving Universal Social Protection. This page provides insights into German-supported interventions aimed at enhancing the delivery of social assistance.