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By Lynne Sherburne-Benz, Laura B. Rawlings, Julie Van Domelen

ISBN-10: 0821350625

ISBN-13: 9780821350621

Brought in Bolivia a bit over a decade in the past, social cash became a key community-led poverty relief software. A departure from conventional government-sponsored methods, social cash inspire groups and native associations to take the lead in determining and accomplishing small-scale investments, ordinarily in social infrastructure equivalent to faculties, overall healthiness clinics, and small-scale water provide and sanitation.

The social fund version has proved to be a dynamic, replicable process, simply tailored and scaled up in diversified nations worldwide. In Latin the United States, Africa, the center East, jap Europe, and Asia, social cash have now absorbed with regards to $10 billion in international and family financing. regardless of their recognition, the effectiveness of social money as a mechanism for making improvements to welfare has remained mostly unmeasured. This research is the 1st systematic cross-country effect evaluate of social cash utilizing survey facts and authorised review methodologies. The learn, performed in Armenia, Bolivia, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, and Zambia, addresses 4 primary questions:
--Do social money succeed in terrible components and bad households?
--Do social cash bring fine quality, sustainable investments?
--Do social cash have an effect on residing standards?
--How reasonable are social money and the investments they finance, in comparison with different supply mechanisms?

The results of very important new international financial institution examine, this booklet may be of curiosity to social coverage practitioners and analysts, to teachers and scholars of improvement, and to a person attracted to present pondering on poverty relief recommendations.

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The study assessed the ability of social funds to reach the poor at two levels, geographic and household. At the geographic level, it analyzed the distribution of social fund investments across districts ranked by poverty level. At the 1 For further information on LSMS surveys, see Grosh and Glewwe (2000). A rigorous impact evaluation of which alternative intervention is most suitable for achieving a particular development goal would ideally involve random allocation of the alternative interventions across separate treatment groups.

2 Overview of Social Funds 11 • Social funds have operational autonomy and employ modern management practices. Social funds reside in the public sector but operate like private firms. Because they were created in crisis situations, most of them were granted exceptional status, either as autonomous agencies or with operational autonomy under existing ministries. This autonomy extends to such areas as personnel policies (remuneration, hiring, and firing) and systems for contracting projects and disbursing funds.

Consultant’s report for the Latin America and Caribbean Region, Human Development Department. • Pradhan, Menno, Laura Rawlings, and Geert Ridder. 1998. ” World Bank Economic Review 12 (3): 457–83. Honduras • ESA Consultores. 2000. ” • Walker, Ian, Rafael del Cid, Fidel Ordoñez, and Florencia Rodríguez. 1999. ” Produced by ESA Consultores,Tegucigalpa, for the Latin America and Caribbean Region, Human Development Department. , C. Hurtado, and R. Lema. 2000. ” Social Investment Group, Managua. • GB Consultores.

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