DIE: The political economy of cash transfers

An analysis of the Cash Transfer experiences of sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America by the German Development Institute (DIE) explores the political economy behind designing and building these systems.

This paper compares the consolidated experience of conditional cash transfers in Latin America with a variety of models of cash transfers in middle- and low-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa. We review the recent literature with the aim to highlight the underlying political economy factors that have underpinned the emergence and scaling-up of various kinds of social protection strategies in the two regions. From this review, some implications and policy suggestions are drawn regarding the opportunities and challenges for cash transfers in the future.

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