The insecurity in which a large proportion of the world’s population lives presents one of the greatest problems and challenges facing mankind. Analysis of the initiatives which have been taken in developing countries in different parts of the world to promote the security of their citizens, and of the potential of new strategies, therefore has great potential value.
The Suntory Toyota International Centre for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD) at the London School of Economics supports research in a wide range of areas, two of its largest programmes being concerned with development economics and with welfare policies. The principal purpose of the World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER) in Helsinki is to help identify and meet the need for policy-oriented socio economic research on pressing global economic problems, particularly those impacting most directly on developing countries. The two institutions were therefore very pleased to be able to support the Workshop on Social Security in Developing Countries at which early versions of the papers included in this volume were presented.
The Workshop, which took place in June 1988 at the London School of Economics as part of the tenth anniversary activities at STICERD, brought together not only the authors of the various papers but also a distinguished group of other participants for two days of intensive discussion. It built on the continuing programmes of work on social security in developing countries at both institutions.
As the contents of the book will demonstrate, there is no single approach which can guarantee the security of living conditions which so many people desperately lack. There is, however, much that can be done and many important lessons to be drawn from a wide variety of approaches which have been taken. Disseminating such lessons is one of the key roles of both our institutions and we are delighted that thanks to the editors of the book, who also arranged the original workshop, and to the Oxford University Press these can now reach a wider audience.
Lal Jayawardena Director, World Institute for Development Economics Research
Nicholas Stern Chairman, Suntory Toyota International Centre for Economics and Related Disciplines