While it’s true that a few African nations have welfare, it’s not much.
Tanzania’s main welfare scheme, known as the Productive Social Safety Net (pssn), has expanded quickly since it was created in 2013. Today Ms Saidi’s is one of 1.1m households, or about 10% of the total, that are enrolled. Recipients receive some money simply for being poor. They can earn extra cash from toiling on public-works projects or for making sure their children attend school and health clinics. On average, recipients are paid the equivalent of $13 per month.

With nearly one in three South Africans expected to receive state assistance in the form of welfare benefits during the 2011/12 financial year, commentators are wondering how the country can afford to keep providing an ever expanding social safety net