DFID Cash Transfers Evidence Paper

This paper focuses specifically on cash transfers as a form of social assistance
that have the potential to empower the poor to use small sums of money in
productive and life-improving ways2. Cash transfers are direct, regular and
predictable non-contributory payments that raise and smooth incomes
with the objective of reducing poverty and vulnerability. The field of cash
transfers encompasses a diversity of transfer types (e.g. conditional and
unconditional cash transfers); development objectives; design and
implementation choices; and financing options. Appropriate design will depend critically on context, including political economy constraints. Transfers are often targeted at the poorest households and at sections of the population that are regarded as vulnerable (e.g. older people, persons with disabilities and children).

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