Listen to poor people; don't just hand out the cash

Published on 15 February 2013

We already know a fair amount about the ways poor people and their communities benefit from cash transfers, but we know far less about what poor people themselves think about these programmes: what they particularly value, what they think could be improved, and how the programmes could work better. In a climate of austerity, with growing concern over aid effectiveness and value for money, donors and governments are increasingly recognising the value of poor communities participating in the monitoring and evaluation of social protection programmes. Who better to ask than those affected by such programmes?

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