Policy highlights:

  • Cash transfers are increasingly being scaled-up according to a three-step framework: the development of a scaling-up plan; creating the conditions for the implementation of the expansion plan; and the actual implementation of the plan.
  • Experiences from Kenya, Zambia and Tanzania show that it is important to create political will to ensure government support for large-scale cash transfers.
  • Political support can be triggered by international commitments on tackling poverty, such as the Millennium Development Goals. Moreover, showing evidence of successful cash transfers contributes to their legitimacy.
  • Expanding cash transfer initiatives requires careful planning, capacity strengthening at the local, regional and national levels, community involvement to detect problems, being prepared for potential threats, and creating coherence with other safety-net programmes.
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