From Evidence to Action The Story of Cash Transfers and Impact Evaluation in Sub-Saharan Africa
Published by The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and The United Nations Children’s Fund and Oxford University Press (2006)
Posted: 9 Jan 2019
Date Written: 2016
Today, virtually every country in sub-Saharan Africa has some kind of cash transfer programme. These programmes are increasingly recognized as key to fighting poverty and hunger. Designed to reflect regional characteristics, they emphasize strong community participation and focus on economically and socially marginalized populations—including children, the elderly, families without earning power and people living with disabilities. By providing predictable, direct transfers, the programmes protect vulnerable individuals and households from the worst impacts of poverty and help them build resilience. In fact, the success of cash transfers has contributed to a regional trend towards wider adoption of social-protection policies. Across sub-Saharan Africa, cash transfer initiatives are moving from donor-funded pilots to domestically funded national programmes.
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