On 7 November 2018, the German Development Institute/ Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik organised a PEGNet Expert Meeting on the “Effects of social cash transfers on the different dimensions of poverty” in co-operation with the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI).
Daniele Malerba and Christoph Strupat (both DIE) gave a short introductory presentation on “Poverty and cash transfers: what are the current trends?”. After that, four keynote speakers presented the ample evidence that exists today on the multiple positive effects of social cash transfers schemes on health, education, income poverty, equality, nutrition and local economic development: Armando Barrientos (University of Manchester) held a presentation on “Social assistance and poverty reduction”, Francesco Burchi (DIE) on “Cash Transfers for food and nutrition security”, Franziska Gassmann (University of Maastricht) on “Cash transfers and inclusive growth: the role of social pensions” and Jacobus de Hoop (UNICEF Office of Research) on the “Effects of Social Cash Transfers on Education Outcomes”.
Stefanie Ruff (German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development/ BMZ) opened the second part of the meeting with a presentation on the current role of social cash transfers in the portfolio of German development co-operation. After that, Markus Loewe (DIE) gave a presentation on “What consequences for development policy?” in order to trigger a subsequent panel discussion on the future role of social cash transfers in international development policies. Most participants concluded that international donors should provide more support than in the past to the setting-up of social cash transfer schemes in low and middle income countries.
Source: Notification European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) / German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), 23.11.2018