The Future of Social Assistance in Africa and beyond | University of Oxford

The Future of Social Assistance in Africa and beyond

Speaker
James Ferguson, Paul Niehaus
Event date
Event time
17:30 - 18:30
Venue
Blavatnik School of Government
Radcliffe Observatory Quarter
Woodstock Road
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX2 6GG
Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Required

The prospect of a substantial expansion of social assistance programmes based on cash transfers is generating great enthusiasm across Africa and beyond. Much of the recent research in this area has used randomized control trials to document the short-term impacts of these interventions, or focused on the relative efficacy of different modes of delivery (for example, if transfers are conditional or unconditional, large once-off wealth transfers or small payments over the long term, given to men or women, or means-targeted). However, a broader discussion on the opportunities, challenges and priorities related to the development of social assistance through cash transfer is often missing.