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Cash transfers: good governance and accountability in short supply
In this blog Fiona Samuels and Nicola Jones discuss the governance and accountability challenges facing of cash transfers programmes and suggest 3 broad areas where cash transfer policy and programming could be strengthened.
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Giving the poor a say: transforming social protection
With the use of social protection programming becoming more and more common, in this article Maxine Molyneux argues that worldwide efforts to tackle gender and poverty would be more effective if women themselves can play a role in evaluating them.
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Transforming Cash Transfers impact: Evidence of research uptake by Palestinian Authority
This short report highlights the research uptake of the Transforming Cash Transfers project in the Occupied Palestine Territories and highlights key messages taken from high level discussions around this project involving members of the Ministry of Social Affairs, including Assistant Minister of Social Affairs, Daoud Al Deek.
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Reforming Egyptian subsidies requires political credibility
In a panel discussion at the Legatum Institute, Cato Institute scholar Dalibor Rohac presented a new paper arguing for an immediate end to subsidies in Egypt and their replacement with unconditional cash transfers. Fiona Samuels, a panelists at this event, shared her experiences of similar reform projects in developing countries, as well as findings from Transforming Cash Transfers suggesting that cash transfers can increase individual dignity, reduce household tensions and promote inclusion of marginalised groups.
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The transformative impact of Uganda's Senior Citizens Grant
Andie McPherson, from HelpAge International, reviews the "Transforming Cash Transfers: Beneficiary and community perspectives on the Senior Citizen Grant in Uganda" report, identifying the grants transformative impacts on the recipients.
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Videos of the poor
Lee Crawford, in his economics blog, Roving Bandit, shares the impact that the Transforming Cash Transfers digital stories had on him and the importance of giving a voice to marginalised groups.
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Is social protection gender-blind?
To mark International Women's Day this podcast examines whether social protection policies are doing enough to address gender equality and female empowerment.
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Listen to poor people; don't just hand out the cash
Maxine Molyneux discusses the importance of giving a voice to the people who receive cash transfers in her Guardian blog about Transforming Cash Transfers.
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