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Reflections on whether your gain must be my pain

21/12/2015
A flurry of commentaries recently circulated in reaction to “Your Pain is My Gain: Negative Psychological Externalities of Cash Transfers”, an evaluation of a cash transfer one-off project implemented in Kenya by GiveDirectly Inc. I explore a few of the study’s main findings and conclusions, focused on life satisfaction, wellbeing and a set of economic measures, including household consumption, asset accumulation, wage labour and business development. 1 comment(s)

The role of the C – Is conditionality really necessary?

30/11/2015
But what role does the first C play in helping the poor out of poverty? Is conditioning crucial or can cash handed-out with no strings attached achieve similar outcomes? Lets take a look! 1 comment(s)

Numbers matter, and the census can help

16/11/2015
Good data is needed to make sure social protection programme resources are being put to optimal use. That underscores the importance of the agricultural census. 2 comment(s)

Which tools – cash, vouchers, school lunches – should be harnessed?

10/11/2015
If social protection is about protecting poor individuals from shocks and giving them the tools to build their livelihoods, then that entails a whole set of questions, regarding not only the specific problem to address, but over the specific tool as well. 1 comment(s)

Time to Bring on Reinforcements to End Hunger: Social Protection?

30/10/2015
Materializing our commitments to move from ‘poverty alleviation’ to eradication for all, and to end hunger and all forms of malnutrition by 2030, requires a change in the way we work. 1 comment(s)

Beyond safety nets: Protecting people and transforming lives

22/10/2015
We may describe the role of social protection through the metaphor of the “safety net” that serves both as a “trampoline” capable of helping those who might temporarily drop out of productive activity to “bounce back”, and as a means of support to the critically vulnerable from falling below some minimum income level. 1 comment(s)

Can social protection stop child labor in agriculture?

16/10/2015
At the age when children should be in school and learning, millions are working. Currently, worldwide, there are 168 million children in child labour, a practice that is particularly pervasive in agriculture and among poor rural households. Almost 60 percent of child labourers aged between five and 17 work in agriculture, often forcibly, and many are exposed to hazardous environments. 1 comment(s)

Women are often targets of social protection programmes, but ...

08/10/2015
Brazil and Mexico introduced the notion that social cash transfers should explicitly target women, a model of social protection that has since been emulated in several countries. 3 comment(s)

Why target?

24/09/2015
What is targeting? Targeting refers to the identification of individuals or households that qualify for a given social programme. Of course this implies that the programme itself specifies certain criteria for participation. Such criteria may be economic, i.e. individuals qualify if they have less than a certain amount of income to live on; categorical, such as persons over a certain age targeted with pensions; 2 comment(s)

Dependency is dead!

16/09/2015
A commonly held view of cash transfers and other social protection programmes, in both developed and developing countries, is that they foster dependency. That is, poor families who receive financial support will work less and become lazy, leading to dependency on the transfer for their wellbeing. 3 comment(s)