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Origins of social security in developing countries : the case study of African countries
Msalangi, H.K.M / 1998


The history of social security in Africa dates back to pre-independence period when civil service pensions and employment injury schemes were introduced. There has been, however, a steady expansion of more modern forms of social security schemes particularly following the accession of independence by many countries. There is at present, however, no in depth study of why these arrangements or schemes have developed in the way they have, nor has there been an in depth analysis of the structure of the current institutions, the range and scope of covers, as well as the process of benefit delivery. The paper attempts such a study.

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