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Social transfers: stimulating household-level growth

Briefing/policy papers

This policy brief emphasises that:

  • evidence shows that large-scale, well-designed social-transfer programmes can support micro-level growth processes;
  • social transfers enable investment in human capital and productive assets, laying the foundations for future growth;
  • social transfers can improve the efficiency of household resource allocation by alleviating vulnerability and by targeting individual household members;
  • the growth effect of social transfer programmes is largely determined by programme design: transfers should be regular and reliable, appropriately channelled and complemented by asset-accumulation and asset-protection interventions.
Kathryn Bach