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IPC-IG Collaborates with ‘From Protection to Production’ (PtoP)

ghana ptopIPC-IG is collaborating with From Protection to Production (PtoP), a multi-country project performed in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), UNICEF (Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office) as well as the governments of seven Sub-Saharan countries. The project is dedicated to “Determining the productive impacts of cash transfers in sub-Saharan Africa.

In our Poverty in Focus #25, “Recent Developments in the Role and Design of Social Protection ProgrammesBenjamin Davis (FAO) introduced the PtoP cash transfer research programme in his article “From Protection to Production: Agriculture, Cash Transfers and Poverty Reduction in Sub-Saharan Africa”. Davis drew attention to the potential role of agriculture as a mechanism for facilitating poverty reduction through cash transfers in Sub-Saharan Africa.

From the 24-25 September 2013, Fabio Veras Soares (Research Coordinator at IPC-IG) participated in a PtoP Workshop organized by the FAO in Italy, where results from ongoing evaluations of cash transfers in the seven Sub-Saharan countries the Project is working on where presented and discussed.

Fabio discussed findings on Ghana’s Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) Programme. This Programme, which began in 2008, provides cash transfers to extremely poor households in an effort to alleviate short-term poverty by facilitating long-term human capital development. Beneficiaries include families with orphans or vulnerable children, the elderly poor and those with extreme disabilities who are unable to work. A notable feature of the Programme is the provision of free health insurance. The Workshop exposed how LEAP provides an essential safety net to vulnerable populations by improving nutrition, school attendance and health. Beneficiary households also displayed improved credit ratings and reduced child labour.

The Workshop went on to explore social protection in Sub-Saharan Africa at large resulting in the compilation of a broad range of up-to-date Policy Briefs. Watch the interview with Fabio Veras, IPC-IG’s social protection expert, bringing evidences that indicate conditional cash transfers do not create a major disincentive to people’s willingness to work here.

See below for PtoP Resources including the latest FAO Research Briefs on the LEAP Programme and related IPC publications:

FAO Research Briefs:

  1. Research Brief - Impacts of the LEAP Programme on the local economy in Ghana
  2. Research Brief - Impacts of the LEAP Programme on community dynamics in Ghana

IPC Publications:

  1. One pager #146 – Evaluating the impact of cash transfer programmes in sub-Saharan Africa
  2. One pager #147 – Does the unconditional Kenya’s cash transfer for orphans and vulnerable children have impacts on schooling?
  3. One pager #149 - Do unconditional social cash transfer schemes have productive impacts in Malawi?
  4. One pager #150 - Simulating the impacts of rural social cash transfers and farmer’s subsidies in Malawi and Ghana
  5. One pager #151 – Do cash transfers change household consumption preferences? – Evidence from an unconditional cash transfer in Kenya
  6. Working Paper #59 - The Implications of Water and Electricity Supply for the Time Allocation of Women in Rural Ghana
  7. Country Study #2 - Monetary Policy and Financial Sector Reform for Employment Creation and Poverty Reduction in Ghana
  8. One Pager #101Water Supply in Rural Ghana: Do Women Benefit?
  9. One Pager #88Age and Gender Bias in Workloads During the Lifecycle: Evidence from Rural Ghana

Author: Ashleigh Kate Slingsby

Short URL: http://pressroom.ipc-undp.org/?p=15740

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