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Strings Attached or Loose Ends? - The role of conditionality in Zambia’s social cash transfer scheme

 

Research Institutions:

Maastricht Graduate School of Governance (the Netherlands), Economic Policy Research Institute (South Africa), University of Zambia (Zambia)

 

Summary:

The debate on whether and how to condition social assistance has received increasing attention in the last years in developing as well as developed countries. Conditionality, asking beneficiary households for some kind of behavioral compliance in exchange for the money, has been considered by policy makers as one way of optimizing the effectiveness of social cash transfer programs. While the cash is supposed to reduce the financial barrier faced by households in using social services, conditionality is supposed to tackle behavioral barriers. This study intends to shed more light on the concept of conditionality, provide an overview of the theory in support and against conditionality and take stock of the evidence, highlighting the remaining evidence gaps. By taking Zambia as a case study and drawing on different quantitative and qualitative methods, this study aims at enhancing the evidence base for conditionality and at contributing to improved policy making in the area of social cash transfers.

 

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