Cash transfers have become a key social protection tool in developing countries and have expanded dramatically in the last two decades. However, the impacts of cash transfers programmes, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, have not been substantially documented. This book presents a detailed overview of the impact evaluations of these programmes, carried out by the Transfer Project and FAO’s From Protection to Production project. The 14 chapters include a review of eight country case studies: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, as well as a description of the innovative research methodologies, political economy issues and good practices to design cash transfer programmes. The key objective of the book is to enhance the understanding of these development programmes, how they lead to a broad range of social and productive impacts and also of the role of programme evaluation in the process of developing policies and implementing programmes.
Book review from Armando Barrientos: From Evidence to Action: The Story of Cash Transfers and Impact Evaluation in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Journal of Development Studies, 52(12), pp. 1831–1832
2016 book events include:
- September 22: New York, USA – Presentation at the 8th Social Protection Inter-Agency Cooperation Board (SPIAC-B) Meeting
- November 15: Johannesburg, South Africa – "Critical Thinking Forum" Regional Launch, co-organized with Mail & Guardian
- November 17: Maseru, Lesotho – Country Launch
- December 14: Stockholm, Sweden – Presentation to Sida
- December 15: Brussels, Belgium – European Commission InfoPoint Lunchtime Conference
- On social media, follow #Ev2Act
- UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti: "Powerful new evidence on the impact of cash transfer programmes in Africa"
- Mail & Guardian: "Special Report on Social Protection"