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Getting an earful : a review of beneficiary assessments of social funds

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  • Owen, Daniel
  • Van Domelen, Julie

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Social investment funds account for a growing share of the World Bank's portfolio in the social protection and human development areas. Given the demand-driven nature of these social funds, systematic feedback from beneficiaries is an essential evaluation tool. This study reviews the experience to date with beneficiary assessments of social funds. The report is divided into two sections: 1) an evaluation of the use of beneficiary assessments as a monitoring and evaluation tool; and 2) observations on social fund operations based on information from the end-users. The report concludes with recommendations for improving the quality of beneficiary assessments as well as social fund performance across countries.

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  • Owen, Daniel & Van Domelen, Julie, 1998. "Getting an earful : a review of beneficiary assessments of social funds," Social Protection and Labor Policy and Technical Notes 20112, The World Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:wbk:hdnspu:20112
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    1. World Bank, 2004. "Responsible Growth for the New Millennium : Integrating Society, Ecology and the Economy," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 14853.
    2. Soniya Carvalho & Gillian Perkins & Howard White, 2002. "Social funds, sustainability and institutional development impacts: findings from an OED Review," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 14(5), pages 611-625.
    3. Arjan de Haan & Jeremy Holland & Nazneen Kanji, 2002. "Social funds: an effective instrument to support local action for poverty reduction?," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 14(5), pages 643-652.
    4. Labonne, Julien & Chase, Robert S., 2009. "Who is at the Wheel When Communities Drive Development? Evidence from the Philippines," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 37(1), pages 219-231, January.
    5. Julie van Domelen, 2002. "Social funds: evidence on targeting, impacts and sustainability," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 14(5), pages 627-642.

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