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Is Graduation from Social Safety Nets Possible? Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa

Citation

Daidone, Silvio; Pellerano, Luca; Handa, Sudhanshu; & Davis, Benjamin (2015). Is Graduation from Social Safety Nets Possible? Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa. IDS Bulletin, 46(2), 93-102. PMCID: PMC6693853

Abstract

In the last decade social cash transfer programmes have become extremely popular in sub-Saharan Africa, and are often portrayed as an instrument that can facilitate graduation out of poverty. The evidence on whether social cash transfers have had actual effects on graduation, however, is limited. This article provides a cross-country reflection of the potential effects of social cash transfers on graduation, drawing from impact evaluation results of cash transfer programmes in Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho and Zambia. We analyse whether social cash transfers have improved the likelihood of graduation, through increased productivity, income generation and resilience to shocks. We identify which factors in terms of programme implementation and household characteristics can increase the likelihood of cash transfer programmes facilitating graduation from poverty.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1759-5436.12132

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2015

Journal Title

IDS Bulletin

Author(s)

Daidone, Silvio
Pellerano, Luca
Handa, Sudhanshu
Davis, Benjamin

PMCID

PMC6693853