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Myth-busting? Confronting Six Common Perceptions about Unconditional Cash Transfers as a Poverty Reduction Strategy in Africa

Resources - Author: Amber Peterman, Audrey Pereira, Benjamin Davis, Jennifer Yablonski, Silvio Daidone, Sudhanshu Handa, Tia Palermo / Year: 2017

In this paper we summarize evidence on six perceptions associated with cash transfer programming, using eight rigorous evaluations conducted on large-scale government unconditional cash transfers in sub-Saharan Africa, under the Transfer Project. Specifically, we investigate if transfers: 1) induce higher spending on alcohol or tobacco; 2) are fully consumed...

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How to Make ‘Cash Plus’ Work: linking cash transfers to services and sectors

Resources - Author: Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai, Bruno Martorano, Keetie Roelen, Luigi Peter Ragno, Stephen Devereux, Tia Palermo / Year: 2017

The broad-ranging benefits of cash transfers are now widely recognized. However, the evidence base highlights that they often fall short in achieving longer-term and second-order impacts related to nutrition, learning outcomes and morbidity. In recognition of these limitations, several ‘cash plus’ initiatives have been introduced, whereby cash transfers are...

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