The implementation of cash transfer programmes in low-income countries is constrained by three crucial factors: financial resources, institutional capacity and ideology. There is evidence that, on average, targeting provides more resources to the poor than random allocations. But good targeting does not happen easily or without costs.
This project briefing summarises the main findings from the targeting component of ODI's three-year research project on cash transfers. The research draws broad lessons on the targeting of social cash transfers and identifies issues that are particular to cash transfers.