Involving Communities in the Targeting of Cash Transfer Programs for Vulnerable Children: Opportunities and Challenges

Laura Robertson, Phyllis Mushati, Morten Skovdal, Jeffrey W. Eaton, Jeremiah C. Makoni, Tom Crea, Gideon Mavise, Lovemore Dumba, Christina Schumacher, Lorraine Sherr, Constance Nyamukapa, Simon Gregson

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Abstract

We used baseline data, collected in July-September 2009, from a randomized controlled trial of a cash transfer program for vulnerable children in eastern Zimbabwe to investigate the effectiveness, coverage, and efficiency of census- and community-based targeting methods for reaching vulnerable children. Focus group discussions and in-depth interviews with beneficiaries and other stakeholders were used to explore community perspectives on targeting. Community members reported that their participation improved ownership and reduced conflict and jealousy. However, all the methods failed to target a large proportion of vulnerable children and there was poor agreement between the community- and census-based methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)325-337
Number of pages13
JournalWorld Development
Volume54
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2014

Keywords

  • Cash transfers
  • Children
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Social welfare
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Zimbabwe

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics

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    Robertson, L., Mushati, P., Skovdal, M., Eaton, J. W., Makoni, J. C., Crea, T., Mavise, G., Dumba, L., Schumacher, C., Sherr, L., Nyamukapa, C., & Gregson, S. (2014). Involving Communities in the Targeting of Cash Transfer Programs for Vulnerable Children: Opportunities and Challenges. World Development, 54, 325-337. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2013.09.002