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.



Social Policy

Since 1977 the government has maintained a strong commitment to social development policies with particular emphasis on education and health. The budget allocations to education and health have remained between 11 and 13 per cent of national expenditure annually over the period 1977 to 2005 (MISD and NSB, Seychelles in Figures, various years). These were the highest allocations to government ministries during that period, representing about 5.2 per cent of GDP.


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