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South Africa’s Expanded Public Works Programme

Christo Marais, Luvuyo Mlilo

Research report, 8 pages

Inclusive green growth in South Africa has been primarily pushed forward by the environmental authorities through a series of joint environmental and social protection job schemes. The social protection programme seeks to alleviate poverty through provision of temporary work and skills development through ‘learnerships’, which are deployed to projects to improve their local environments. Projects include, for example, clearing of alien vegetation, rehabilitation of wetlands, support of fire protection associations, waste management programmes, coastal management and eco-tourism. Starting with a water focus, it now mobilises about US$285 per year and is managed under the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).

This case study is one of several relating to the Toolkit: Ecosystems, poverty alleviation and conditional transfers. To access the full toolkit and other related case studies, please visit the ‘Publications’ section of the IIED project linked at the bottom of this page.

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Marais, C and Mlilo, L (2018)South Africa’s Expanded Public Works Programme. International Institution of Environment and Development, London.

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This project will explore the potential for combining payments for ecosystem services (PES) and conditional social transfers (CST) at national and sub-national level to simultaneously alleviate poverty and address environmental problems.

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Conditional transfers for poverty reduction and ecosystem management

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