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The Idea of Transformative Social Policy: Securing wellbeing in the African Context

06 November 2019
12:30 - 14:00

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Jimi O. Adesina, Professor and NRF SARChI Chair in Social Policy, College of Graduate Studies, University of South Africa

Professor Charles Hongoro, RIA, HSRC

Date: 6 November 2019
Time: 12h30  – 14:00
Venues in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town (Videoconferencing facilities: see below)

Social Policy is concerned with how society is structured to secure human wellbeing. In the four decades of neoliberal ascendance social policy has been framed by a stratified, segmented and segregation system of social provisioning. The idea of Transformative Social Policy (TSP) is defined by a different logic: the norms of solidarity and the pursuit of equality.

This paper discusses the itinerary of the idea, TSP as a conceptual, policy, and evaluative device, and its framing around the five tasks of social policy. What questions does one ask of social policy in contexts requiring social and economic transformation? How does social policy work in tandem with economic policy to deliver on sustainable human wellbeing? Central to TSP is the idea of ‘social policy architecture,’ as an interlocking set of policy instruments. The paper draws on historical and contemporary cases to demonstrate the strength of the transformative approach to social policy.

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