Protection sociale

Qualitative research of the economic impacts of cash transfer programmes in sub-Saharan Africa. A research guide for the From Protection to Production project

Resource Type: Publication
Published: 07/01/2013

The From Protection to Production (PtoP) project aims to identify productive impacts of cash transfer programmes covering three thematic areas of inquiry: household economic decision-making, the local economy and social networks and risk sharing. The Project builds on ongoing evaluations in seven sub Saharan African countries with the overall aim of broadening understanding of how cash transfer programmes affect and contribute to sustainable economic growth, in order to inform governments, policy makers and practitioners in improving future design and implementation of cash transfer programmes. The Project uses a mixed method approach: qualitative research is being undertaken in complement with quantitative econometric analysis of impact evaluation data including an innovative village Local Economy Wide Impact Evaluation model. Together, these methods aim to provide greater contextual evidence and deepen understanding of how CT programmes impact behavior and practices among community members and other people interacting with villages receiving cash transfers. This Qualitative Research Guide describes in detail the sequencing and timing of the research process to be implemented in each country: training, fieldwork preparation and a simple and clear fieldwork roadmap. To achieve comparability and enable crosscountry analysis, this qualitative research method is being implemented systematically across all seven countries.