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Diego Sanchez-Ancochea Co-authors New CROP Poverty Brief on Social Policy Architecture and Poverty Eradication in the Post-MDGs Agenda
Diego Sanchez-Ancochea has co-authored a briefing paper for CROP on 'Social Policy Architecture and Poverty Eradication in the post-MDGs agenda'.
The brief, co-authored with Juliana Martinez Franzoni of the University of Costa Rica, argues that:
The lack of adequate social services is a key factor locking people into poverty
Extending social services to the poor is a positive trend, but unless service provision caters for both the poor and the non-poor, the sustainability and quality of these services will be under threat
Building universal services requires addressing the political dynamics behind policy formation as reflected in policy architectures
Policy architectures leading to universalism must simultaneously incorporate lower and middle income groups; target measures so that they complement universal programs rather being developed in parallel; and regulate private providers and restrict their expansion
Lessons from Costa Rica’s policy architecture can shed light on reform agendas both in countries with robust yet stratified social policy, as well as in countries struggling to overcome a history of exclusionary social policy
CROP was created in 1992 to promote social science research that theorizes and provides understanding of poverty in a global context.