The effects of DFID’s cash transfer programmes on poverty and vulnerability: An impact review

The Independent Commission for Aid Impact, (ICAI) January 2017

53 pp. 387 kB

ICAI examined how well the Department for International Development (DFID) used cash transfer programmes to reduce poverty and vulnerability. The review found that the transfers – which include any regular payments made to individuals or households – had consistently increased incomes and consumption levels among some of the world’s poorest people, and presented a strong value for money case. The review gave DFID a ‘green-amber’ score, concluding DFID’s cash transfer programmes – which amount to average spending of £201 million a year – were making a good impact, but could achieve even more.

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