Webinar, May 3: Gender and Social Protection

SAVE THE DATE socialprotection.org presents: The Gender and Social Protection Webinar Series commencing with: Gender and Social Protection: Current Issues and Policy Trends organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UNDP’sInternational Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (the IPC-IG).  We invite you to register for the webinar. The webinar will take place on 3 May, >> Read more

Publication: Can conditional cash transfers improve maternal health and birth outcomes?

Evidence from El Salvador’s Comunidades Solidarias Rurales Although conditional cash transfers (CCTs) are traditionally evaluated in relation to child schooling and nutrition outcomes, there is growing interest in specifically examining maternal and reproductive health impacts. However, since data collection is not typically designed to evaluate these outcomes and sample sizes are often limited, there is >> Read more

Publication: Does it Matter Whether Public Cash Transfers are Given to Women or Men? Evidence from the PROGRESA and PROCAMPO Programs in Rural Mexico

This paper aims at evaluating the impact of two different cash transfer programs in rural Mexico - Procampo and Progresa - on total consumption, food consumption and other outcomes like investment, schooling and health care. Progresa is targeted to women, while Procampo goes to farmers, mostly men and many of which are poor. We show >> Read more

Publication: “Supply Shocks and Gender Bias in Child Health Investments: Evidence from the ICDS Programme in India,”

Chakravarty, Abhishek (2010) The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy: Vol. 10 : Iss. 1 (Topics), Article 88. This paper examines whether a permanent increase in the supply of immunisations reduces or intensifies the gender bias in immunisation against female children in India. It also investigates the effect of duration of exposure to the >> Read more

News: A Food Program That’s Not About Food

"Last year, the New York Times splashed stark images of child malnutrition in India's hinterland across its front page. More recently, another front-page article in the Times reminded the world that India's hunger problem hasn't gone anywhere and told the story of how various social-safety-net programs have failed to help. As the article explains, India >> Read more

News: Food or Cash–What Works?

"Which makes for a more effective social safety net program: transfers of food, cash, or both? The question is hardly academic. Governments, international agencies, and non-governmental organizations confront it frequently. In recent years, many have begun favoring cash transfers over food aid. Cash transfers are cheaper, require less administrative capacity, and allow poor households to >> Read more

Resource: New IFPRI Dataset on Chronic Poverty and Long Term Impact Study in Bangladesh

The Chronic Poverty and Long Term Impact Study in Bangladesh project, which focuses on 102 villages characteristic of rural Bangladesh, aims to further our understanding of the economic, social and political processes that shape chronic poverty in Bangladesh together with the impact of selected anti-poverty interventions on poverty dynamics. After initial community level fieldwork approximately >> Read more

News: Cash Transfers Transforming Lives of the Poor

JOHANNESBURG, May 12, 2010 (IPS) - When Letesia Mbewe was nominated as a beneficiary in a cash transfer pilot project in Zambia’s Chipata district, she had no idea the project would change her life and that of her three children. Mbewe, who spent most of her days tilling the fields struggling to earn enough to >> Read more

News: Food or Cash? New IFPRI study assesses the effectiveness of transfer programs

What makes a more effective social safety net program: transfers of food, or cash? The question is hardly academic. Governments, international agencies, and non-governmental organizations must decide whether to provide the world’s poorest people with cash, food, or a mixture of the two. In recent years, many have begun favoring cash transfers over food aid. >> Read more

News: ODI Report on cash transfers, gender and generational relations

Evidence from a pilot project in Lesotho. Key Findings include • Cash transfers do not significantly increase anti-social expenditures (alcohol and cigarettes), but do reduce gender conflicts and tensions within households. • Although the World Vision programme is a short-term response to drought, there is some limited evidence that it will have a long-term positive >> Read more