Challenges Of Implementing The Productive Safety Net Programme (Psnp)

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Ethiopian Economics Association (EEA)
Amdissa Teshome


Ethiopia is one of the most food insecure countries in the world. It suffers from both Chronic and acute food insecurity. These two modes of food insecurity require different strategies and interventions. In 2003 the Government of Ethiopia announced that there are 5.6 million people that are chronically food insecure (currently standing at 8.2 million) and launched the Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP) through which the needs of these people are to be addressed. Since its launch the programme has been facing several challenges. For the purpose of this paper five major challenges are identified and discussed. First, conceptually, it has been difficult to get a common understanding on concepts like “safety net” and “graduation”. Second, the most serious challenge is targeting of beneficiaries. Despite the development of safety net targeting guidelines and capacity building efforts, many of the problems of emergency food aid targeting continue to haunt the programme. A related challenge is the inability to distinguish between acute and chronic food insecurity at grassroots level. Third, the fact that a single wage rate is applied nationally is also a major challenge for implementers. Although the advantages of cash over food are well established, woreda finance offices lack the capacity to manage unprecedented amount of cash flowing into the woreda. Fourth, the government has declared that PSNP alone cannot bring about graduation. It needs to be linked to other food security programmes. Ensuring this linkage has been challenging at grassroots level. Fifth, the broader issue of scaling up safety net to universal social protection will continue to be a challenge for the government. Each of these challenges requires different strategies. Improvements in capacity building efforts, better targeted training provision, documentation and dissemination of regional experiences and lessons learned in implementing the PSNP are a few of the ideas discussed in this paper to inform future programming.

Corporate Author: Getnet Alemu and Getachew Yoseph (Editor) & Ethiopian Economic Association/Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute
Publisher: Ethiopian Economic Association (EEA)
ISBN/ISSN: 978-9994-54-03-7
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productive safety net Programme

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Cataloge Date: 02/27/2013
Broad Subject heading: production
Call Number: 330.963 PRO 2007
Serial Key Title: Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on the Ethiopian Economy
Publication catagory: International Conference
Content type: EEA Publication
Volume: II
Publication date: 2013-05-27 00:00:00
Forum or Discussion date: 2013-02-27 00:00:00
PDF file:   Amdissa Teshome_Challenges of implementing the productive safety net Programme.pdf
Place of publication: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Type of material: Book
Current frequency: Annualy
Author: Amdissa Teshome

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