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Just give the poor cash

When: Tuesday, 21 September 2021 - Tuesday, 21 September 2021
Where: Online Event
Start time:17:00


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Professor Simatele from the School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies, Faculty of Science will deliver his inaugural lecture.

Climate change has its greatest impact on the poor people who, in most cases, lack any form of productive capital. The poor, however, are not passive actors, but are actively involved in searching for alternatives to build their adaptive capacity and resilience. Social cash transfers (SCT) have been recognised as a critical package for reducing climate risks. If properly implemented, they can transform poor people’s lives. It is, however, important to note that they are not the silver bullet needed to solve all the climate change challenges faced by the poor. They are a pre-condition for further adaptation to be equitable and effective. When compared with other adaptation options, cash transfers fare well. With the right political-will, transparent community engagements systems which are inclusive in nature, SCT can immeasurably contribute to the adaptation agenda.

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