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From Evidence to ActionThe Story of Cash Transfers and Impact Evaluation in Sub Saharan Africa$
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Benjamin Davis, Sudhanshu Handa, Nicola Hypher, Natalia Winder Rossi, Paul Winters, and Jennifer Yablonski

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198769446

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769446.001.0001

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The Role of Impact Evaluation in the Evolution of Zambia’s Cash Transfer Programme

The Role of Impact Evaluation in the Evolution of Zambia’s Cash Transfer Programme

(p.197) Chapter 9 The Role of Impact Evaluation in the Evolution of Zambia’s Cash Transfer Programme
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From a donor-driven small-scale pilot in 2003, Zambia’s cash transfer programme has to date evolved into a national programme that pays regular transfers to close to 150,000 households in half of the country’s districts. The chapter argues that the cash transfer impact evaluation conducted since 2010 has changed the status and position of the programme in the Zambian political economy and institutional landscape, through the credibility it conferred to the programme, the possibility it provided to attribute poverty, human capital, productive, and local economy impacts to the programme, and the discourse that accompanied it. As such, and while the chapter acknowledges and underlines the role of other factors, the impact evaluation contributed to the government’s 2013 cash transfer scale-up decision as it made policy makers more confident about dialogue around the programme being based on credible and solid evidence to guide increased budget allocations.

Keywords:   cash transfer, Zambia, impact evaluation, political economy, poverty, human capital

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