July 3, 2017

Cash Transfers Explained: How Cash Empowers Poor Families in Zambia

Written by American Institutes for Research

This article originally appeared on American Institutes for Research. Reposted with permission.

Cash transfers are international development programs where donors or governments can give cash directly to targeted groups. In this video, David Seidenfeld, vice president of AIR’s international research and evaluation, dispels the myth that such programs create dependency and are a waste of money. Instead, Seidenfeld explains the positive outcomes from AIR’s impact evaluations of two large cash transfer programs in Zambia. The evaluations included some of the largest randomized control trials of cash transfer programs in Africa and gives evidence that such programs can help alleviate poverty and improve the lives of the country’s poorest and most vulnerable people.