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Submitted by Cindy Berman on
Excellent article Maitreyi - highlighting not only the important links between social protection & employment, but also the critical value of active social movements and civil society voices in promoting the idea of entitlement as citizens. The NREGS in India also represents for many excluded people such as Dalits, Muslims, disabled, women or older people - the first real opportunity to exercise equal rights and opportunities to this scheme as others in their society who don't face such levels of discrimination. Identifying critical pathways out of poverty - linking social protection and public works schemes with skills training & growth opportunities, as well as tackling gender inequality - will be important tasks ahead as we learn the lessons of such schemes and help to strengthen their design.