Cash transfers increase spending on alcohol & tobacco
No evidence of increased spending.
Spending on alcohol actually decreased in Lesotho.
Cash transfers are handouts that are spent rather than invested
Cash transfers increase overall production and investment in farms and education.
Cash transfers create dependency
Cash transfers increase productive activities and have positive multiplier effects, boosting growth in rural areas.
Cash transfers are too costly to sustain
At scale, cash transfers are feasible and well within the budgets of any government.