CitationSeidenfeld, David; Dumba, Lovemore; Handa, Sudhanshu; Muwoni, Leon; Reeves, Hannah; & Sammon, Elayn (2016). Zimbabwe: Using Evidence to Overcome Political and Economic Challenges to Starting a National Unconditional Cash Transfer Programme.. Davis, Benjamin; Handa, Sudhanshu; Hypher, Nicola; Winder Rossi, Natalia; Winters, Paul; & Yablonski, Jennifer (Eds.) (pp. 226-246). Oxford, England: FAO.
AbstractZimbabwe’s national cash transfer programme, called the Harmonized Social Cash Transfer (HSCT), stands out from other cash transfer programmes in Africa because it started in a highly sensitive political environment, with a compromise government of national unity and immediately following one of the worst economic collapses on the continent. Perhaps the biggest lesson from the Zimbabwe case is how a rigorous evaluation, including the entire suite of ancillary studies that emanated from the evaluation exercise, served as a vehicle to build trust and accountability among key stakeholders (development partners and government) within a politically tense atmosphere. The existence of a credible evaluation allowed all parties to base their discussions and dialogue around a strong and indisputable evidence base, rather than assertions or anecdotes. In that sense then, the evaluation initiative in Zimbabwe has been an essential component to consolidating and expanding the HSCT.
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