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The cost and impact of social cash transfers: efficiency, social service and poverty 
Bruno Yawe (Makerere University)
Lutengano Mwinuka (The University of Dodoma)
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Bruno Yawe (Makerere University)
Economy and Development (x) Inequality (y)
Neues Seminargebäude, Seminarraum 26
Saturday 3 June, -
Time zone: Europe/Berlin

Short Abstract:

This panel explores the cost and impact of privately and publicly managed social cash-transfer projects. We are interested in methodological and empirical contributions that explore cost and the impact (the cost-effectiveness) of different kinds of social cash-transfer projects and programs.

Long Abstract:

Social cash transfer programs have expanded in Africa over the last decade as a lead social protection initiative tackling poverty and vulnerability. Existing evidence shows that cash transfers have various beneficial effects on food, health, education, livelihoods and gender relations, but we know very little about how costly they are and what their cost-efficiency rates are. While social cash transfers are, made through publicly managed projects and programs, non-state or privately managed cash-transfer projects of all sizes have nonetheless also expanded considerably over the last ten years. For example, 40% of humanitarian aid is, provided in different forms of cash-like modalities (e-cash, vouchers, bank transfers etc.). In this panel, we attempt to explore how the cost of privately managed cash-transfer projects can be, related to their impact in order to make possible a meaningful cost-effectiveness analysis. Key panel questions include: (i) How can cost and cost-effectiveness be measured for privately managed cash-transfer projects? (ii) How do they differ from publicly managed cash-transfer projects? (iii) How cost-effective are privately managed cash-transfer projects in disbursing cash compared to publicly managed projects? (iv) Is small always beautiful? (v) How can we build on ex-ante or ex-post assessment to inform cash transfer project design for impact? and (vi) What are the short- and long-term impacts (effectiveness) of privately managed programs on, for example, sustainable inclusive economic growth? We invite papers from all disciplines and from the African region exploring the following dimensions of social cash transfers: cost-efficiency and socioeconomic impact on poverty.

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Session 1 Saturday 3 June, 2023, -