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Cash transfers and social protection - IPC
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
International Poverty Centre (IPC)

Acknowledgements: FANRPAN acknowledges the IPC as the source of this information:

The International Poverty Centre has a comprehensive research agenda on cash transfer programmes. It is currently focused on comparative studies in selected countries in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Research encompasses both quantitative and qualitative methods and ex-ante and ex-post analyses of the impact of cash transfers on poverty and inequality. Major funding for this research is currently provided by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), and the UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa.

Cash transfer programmes are now widely supported as an effective mechanism to reduce poverty, as well as help achieve several other MDGs. Not only can they encourage greater use of public services, such as education and health, but also they can provide vitally needed income support to poor households.

They have been successful in middle-income countries, such as Brazil, Mexico and South Africa. Now other Latin American countries and low-income countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia are considering them as a starting-point for integrated social protection systems.

This webpage highlights IPC publications on cash transfers and includes other important research papers, evaluation reports and interviews on the topic from multilateral organizations, NGOs, governments and practitioners.

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