1st Edition

Cash Transfers for Poverty Reduction An International Operational Guide

By Francisco V. Ayala, David Lawson Copyright 2024
    540 Pages 52 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    540 Pages 52 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Over the past 20 years, more than 100 countries have implemented social safety nets, targeted at the poorest and most vulnerable. Impact evaluations have shown the effectiveness of these programmes, and policymakers have explored different methods of delivery, including cash transfers.

    Cash Transfers for Poverty Reduction offers the first systematic discussion of the design and implementation of poverty reduction schemes, and cash transfer programmes in particular. The authors also draw on their own practical experienceand present global case studies to show the effects that these decisions have on operations and outcomes.

    Featuring end-of-chapter questions and answers to help test your knowledge, this book offers an operational guide for key stakeholders, officials and students in understanding the design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of cash transfer programmes.

    1. Social Protection Systems: a deeper understanding 2. The Genesis of Designing and Implementing Cash Transfers 3. Assessing Supply Capacity of Services Providers 4. Reaching the Poorest: Using Targeting Mechanisms to Focus Resources on Vulnerable People 5. Targeting Engineering: Cost Analysis 6. From being Targeted to becoming a Beneficiary 7. Providing Cash to the Poor and Vulnerable 8. Track Conditionalities Compliance to Increase Human Capital 9. Case Management: Empowering Poor and Vulnerable People 10. Monitoring: Implementing Actions while Achieving Goals 11. Answers to end-of-chapter Exercises


    Francisco V. Ayala is President of Ayala Consulting Corporation/SOPROEN (since 1996) and has more than 25 years of experience as an international social protection consultant.

    David Lawson is Associate Professor, Development Economics and Public Policy at the University of Manchester, Adjunct Professor at the University of Helsinki, and Visiting Professor at the University of International Business and Economics, Beijing.

     “This excellent book contributes on the basics of the design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of cash transfer programs in developing countries. One of its great strengths is the use of country examples and experiences to illustrate key concepts and lessons learned.” 

    Cem Mete, PhD, Practice Manager, the World Bank.

     "It is a valuable contribution to learning how to design and implement social protection interventions. It provides information which is essential to enhance the human capital of the most vulnerable people in the world.”

    Eulalia Flor Recalde, professor at the Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar, Ecuador.