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20 Nov 2009 description

Anna McCord

Key points

- Donor enthusiasm, rather than government impetus, drives the growth of cash transfer programming in some countries

- Government concerns about fiscal prudence and the risk of dependency are limiting national demand for cash transfer programmes

- Government commitment to cash transfer programmes may be greater where there is a need for social stabilisation and state legitimisation

The provision of cash transfers to alleviate poverty may not be a policy priority for low-income countries, despite donor enthusiasm to promote such interventions as a cost …

13 Jan 2009 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 13 January 2009 (IRIN) - For the first time in years, John Phiri*, a health extension worker in Malawi's central Salima district, does not have to fill in a stack of forms during his monthly round of collecting data to monitor nutrition levels in the community.

Now he whips out his mobile phone and texts the data, including the height and weight of the children in the area, while covering his beat.