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Can cash transfer programs work in resource-poor countries?


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  • Low, Jan Wayland
  • Garrett, James L.
  • Ginja, Vitória


Cash transfer programs are rare in Sub-Saharan Africa. This paper describes the evolution of a cash transfer program in major urban centers of Mozambique, from its inception in 1990 through two major reorganizations until October 1998. Appropriate design, strong multisectoral political support and adequate administrative capacity are critical factors determining the success of such programs. Key lessons applicable to other resource-poor countries designing social assistance programs are drawn, recommending adequate targeted support to truly destitute persons incapable of physical labor in urban areas where administrative costs are more manageable than in more isolated rural sites.

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Paper provided by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in its series FCND discussion papers with number 74.

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Date of creation: 1999
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Handle: RePEc:fpr:fcnddp:74

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Keywords: Poverty. ; Rural population. ; Social service Mozambique. ; Subsidies. ;


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  1. Assaad, Ragu & El-Hamidi, Fatma & Ahmed, Akhter U., 2000. "The determinants of employment status in Egypt," FCND briefs 88, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  2. Fabio Veras Soares & Guilherme Issamu Hirata & Rafael Perez Ribas, 2011. "O Programa Subsídio de Alimentos em Moçambique: Avaliação da Linha de Base," Policy Research Brief 14, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth.
  3. Gutner, Tammi, 1999. "The political economy of Food subsidy reform in Egypt," FCND briefs 1, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).


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