What is Welfare ?
A social welfare provision refers to any program whichseeks to provide a minimum level of income, service or other support for many marginalized groups such as thepoor, elderly, and disabled people.
Social welfare programs are undertakenby governments as well as non-governmentalorganizations (NGO's).
Social welfare payments and services are typicallyprovided at the expense of taxpayers generally, fundedby benefactors, or by compulsory enrollment of the poor themselves.
Sources :R.M. Blank (2001). "Welfare Programs, Economics of,"
International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences