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Evaluating the impact of Egyptian Social Fund for Development programmes

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  • Hala Abou-Ali
  • Hesham El-Azony
  • Heba El-Laithy
  • Jonathan Haughton
  • Shahid Khandker

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Since its inception in 1991, the Egyptian Social Fund for Development (SFD) has spent about US$600 million supporting microcredit, and financing community development and infrastructure. Applying propensity-score matching using household survey data for 2004/05, this paper finds that SFD programmes have had clear and measurable effects, in the expected direction, for the six programmes considered here: education, health, potable water, sanitation, roads, and microcredit. SFD road projects generate benefits that, by some estimates, exceed their costs, as do health and potable water interventions; this is less evident for programmes in education and sanitation. SFD support for microcredit is strongly pro-poor; the other programmes analysed here appear to have a more modest pro-poor orientation.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Journal of Development Effectiveness.

Volume (Year): 2 (2010)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 521-555

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Keywords: impact evaluation; Egypt; social fund; propensity score matching; microcredit;

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  1. Duvendack, Maren & Palmer-Jones, Richard, 2011. "High Noon for Microfinance Impact Evaluations: Re-investigating the Evidence from Bangladesh," MPRA Paper 27902, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. World Bank, 2012. "Reclaiming their Voice : New Perspectives From Young Women and Men in Upper Egypt," World Bank Other Operational Studies 11908, The World Bank.
  3. Alberto Minujin, 2011. "Child Poverty in East Asia and the Pacific: Deprivations and Disparities, A Study of Seven Countries," Working papers 1109, UNICEF,Division of Policy and Strategy.

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