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Sri Wening Handayani
Former Principal Social Development Specialist, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank
Sri Wening Handayani was the focal point for social analysis for ADB’s projects, and provided training on poverty and social analysis. She has authored several papers on social protection. She has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Missouri.
Stronger institutions and policies can help broaden the coverage and benefits of social protection spending.
Social protection spending and coverage are increasing, yet some countries continue to favor the nonpoor over the poor, and men over women.
A study looks at how countries can mobilize sustainable financing to reduce vulnerability among the poor and provide them access to social protection schemes.
Proven solutions include digitizing paperwork, integrating databases, using smart cards and digital payments, and transmitting emergency assistance via mobile phones.
To build a well-coordinated government assistance program, focus on communication and outreach, targeting, service delivery, and evaluation.