Cash Transfers: Evidence Paper


This review by DFID's policy division assesses current evidence on the impact of cash transfers and the extent to which that evidence is generalisable.

Cash transfer policies and programmes in developing countries have expanded over the past 10 years, generating a wealth of new research and evidence. This paper synthesises findings from an independent review of DFID-supported programmes in countries such as Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. It also includes programmes that employ a wider framework, for example using a mix of cash and other asset transfers. Evidence is summarised according to three inter-connected areas:

  • The multiple types of impact that cash transfers can have in achieving a variety of social and economic policy objectives
  • Specific design and implementation choices for tailoring programmes to particular objectives and contexts
  • Affordability and financing

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