Cash transfers help the extreme poor

by Frank Bliss
Development and Cooperation, 12 March 2017

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Germany and other industrialised states consider social protection very important and spend a lot of money on the matter. But when it came to development assistance, the idea of social transfers to the needy was next to taboo around the world for a long time. Things are changing – and that may help put an end to extreme poverty. Providing social assistance to the extreme poor will significantly shape development aid in the future. There are many questions, however, concerning how such aid will be distributed.

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