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Newsletter: From Evidence to Action

The evolution and impact of unconditional cash transfers in South Africa.

Type :
Impact assessments and evaluations
Author :
SALDRU, University of Cape Town
Published :
2010
Link :

The paper begins by documenting the historical context for current cash transfer programmes. It goes on to look at evidence concerning the aggregate impact of these cash transfers on poverty levels. Thereafter, it reviews the literature that has attempted to rigorously evaluate the impact of the cash transfers on specific socio-economic outcomes and on behaviour. Given this evidence, the paper concludes by looking at the feasibility and appropriateness of introducing conditionalities into what is currently an unconditional cash transfer programme.