Social Policies in Seychelles

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The country case studies and thematic papers in this series examine social policy issues facing small states and the implications for economic development. They show how, despite their inherent vulnerability, some small states have been successful in improving their social indicators because of the complementary social and economic policies they have implemented.


Seychelles has one of the most extensive social policy programmes in the developing world, and has been identified as a model for the rest of Africa. As a small state, however, it remains economically vulnerable and in 2008 had to accept a financial rescue package from the IMF. This book provides comprehensive analysis of social policy development in the country from the colonial era onwards, focusing on the political and economic developments that have led to the current situation. The challenge now is to maintain current levels of social policy interventions in the face of severe indebtedness and the stagnation of economic growth.



Postscript – A New Seychelles?

As noted at the outset, the bulk of the research for this paper was undertaken between late 2007 and mid 2008. Yet as we have indicated at several points, especially in the conclusion, Seychelles’ economy and society has been undergoing rapid change since late 2008 and the IMF-led adjustment programme. We were not in a position to substantially revise the work to reflect these changes, as this would have constituted an entirely new study. Nonetheless, we offer some brief reflections on key economic and social changes since 2009 in this postscript.


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