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The future of social cash transfers: scaling, potentiality and possible impact 
Susan Kavuma (Makerere University)
Jacob Ulrich (Roskilde University)
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Marianne Sandvad Ulriksen (Danish Centre for Welfare Studies)
Economy and Development (x) Inequality (y)
Philosophikum, S87
Wednesday 31 May, -
Time zone: Europe/Berlin

Short Abstract:

This panel explores the future of social cash transfers with a focus on the potential, dynamics, impacts and politics of scaling. We are interested in a broad range of contributions that explore government funded as well as aid funded cash transfers.

Long Abstract:

‘Just give money to the poor’ – i.e. social cash transfers – have emerged as a viable Global South cost-effective and universally applicable tool with a broad range of positive socio-economic impacts. In the process, cash transfers also dignify recipients by allowing them direct control over how funding is spent. Social cash transfers already make up about 20% of humanitarian aid and outside humanitarian work cash transfers have also grown with an impressive acceleration during the covid crisis. This has happened with both government and donor funding. The growth of social cash transfers across countries and contexts evokes the question, is the sky the limit? Should development aid follow in the footsteps of humanitarian aid with a significantly larger share allocated for cash transfers? Should governments in the South invest more of their own scarce funding in cash transfers? What socio-economic impact such as a reduction in global or national poverty could be achieved by any sizeable scaling of the cash transfers? How would scaled cash transfers impact on other (global) challenges such as climate change, regional security and immigration? Some argue that scaled cash transfers can help revitalise the global aid architecture and make aid more cost-effective by cutting out the middleman (the aid industry). What are the politics of scaled cash transfers both domestically and internationally?

We invite papers from all disciplines and from different African regions, as we are interested in exploring the dynamics, impacts, politics, and potentials of scaled cash transfers.

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Session 1 Wednesday 31 May, 2023, -