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Social Provision in Low-Income CountriesNew Patterns and Emerging Trends$
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Germano Mwabu, Cecilia Ugaz, and Gordon White

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199242191

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242191.001.0001

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Introduction: Context and Scope

Introduction: Context and Scope

(p.1) Introduction: Context and Scope
Social Provision in Low-Income Countries





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The examination of new means of granting and funding social services in developing countries is the main concern of this study. It concentrates on the so-called quasi-public goods and services such as medical assistance, education, training, sanitation, and child care. Consumption of these products is believed to enhance overall welfare, boost human resources, and improve standards of living. To quantify and qualify these claims, this chapter focuses on the following ideas: the conventional and trendy provision methods of social services in developing nations; the effects of different approaches; the features of effective and problematic means of supply; the position and responsibilities of the market, the government, the consumers, and the community in social provision; the creditworthy elements of the organisation of social provision; and the way social service grants and financing can be efficiently and effectively implemented in low-income countries.

Keywords:   social services, developing countries, quasi-public products, consumption, overall welfare, society

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