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Month: December 2016

December 9, 2016 (links edition #2)

… some recent work on cash transfers and their long-run impacts on human capital, how they affect people’s psychology, their effect on community interactions, and more:

When the Money Runs Out: Do Cash Transfers Have Sustained Effects on Human Capital Accumulation? Sarah Baird, Craig McIntosh and Berk Ozler, December 2016, The World Bank Policy Research Paper 7901

Effects of Cash Transfers on Community Interactions: Emerging Evidence, Sara Pavanello, Carol Watson, W. Onyango-Ouma and Paul Bukuluki, Journal of Development Studies Volume 52 Issue 8

Can Cash Transfer Programmes Have ‘Transformative’ Effects? Maxine Molyneux, Nicola Jones and Fiona Samuels, Journal of Development Studies Volume 52, Issue 8

Can Social Protection Affect Psychosocial Wellbeing and Why Does This Matter? Lessons from Cash Transfers in Sub-Saharan Africa, Ramlattu Attah, Valentina Barca, Andrew Kardan, Ian MacAuslan, Fred Merttens and Luca Pellerano, Journal of Development Studies Volume 52 Issue 8

Cash Transfers and Health: Evidence from Tanzania, David K. Evans, Brian Holtemeyer and Katrina Kosec, November 2016, The World Bank Group Policy Research Working Paper 7882

Transforming Cash Transfers: Citizens’ Perspectives on the Politics of Programme Implementation, Nicola Jones, Bassam Abu-Hamad, Paola Pereznieto and Kerry Sylvester, Journal of Development Studies Volume 52 Issue 8

Cash Transfers and Temptation Goods, David K. Evans and Anna Popova, Economic Development and Cultural Change, December 2016


… urbanization from a poverty, humanitarian, and nutrition perspective

Secondary Towns and Poverty Reduction Refocusing the Urbanization Agenda, Luc Christiaensen and Ravi Kanbur, November 2016, The World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 7895

Becoming Urban Humanitarians: Engaging Local Government to Protect Displaced People, Loren Landau, Caroline Wanjiku-Kihato, Jean Pierre Misago and Benjamin Edwards, Urban Institute

The world is urbanising. So is malnutrition. Time to think differently, Lawrence Haddad, 12th November 2016,


… some new works on public works

Public works programmes for protection and climate resilience: theory of change and evidence in low-income countries, Rodolfo Beazley, Anna McCord and Ana Solórzano, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth

Sense and Sensibility – How households respond to public works, Shwetlena Sabarwal, 22nd November 2016,


More materials on resilience, including a three-country review in Africa and a toolkit, and two new papers on fragility

How Can Social Protection Build Resilience? Insights from Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda, Martina Ulrichs and Rachel Slater, December 2016, Braced Knowledge Manager Working Paper

Resilience Assessment Benchmarking and Impact Toolkit: Implementation Handbook, Angelica Valeria Ospina and Richard Heeks, November 2016, Centre for Development Informatics

Cash for peace? How sharing natural resource revenues can prevent conflicts, Harun Onder and Tito Cordella, 5th December 2016,

The Challenge of Localized Humanitarian Aid in Armed Conflict, Ed Schenkenberg, November 2016, Doctors Without Borders, Emergency Gap Series 3


Some recent titles relevant for social protection, migration and graduation issues

Internal migrants and social protection: a review of eligibility and take-up, Emma Hopkins, Francesca Bastagli and Jessica Hagen-Zanker, Overseas Development Institute Working Paper 436

Sustaining Impacts: Concern Worldwide’s Graduation Programme in Rwanda, Stephen Devereux, Institute of Development Studies, Final Evaluation Briefing Paper

Does Mobile Money Use Increase Firms’ Investment? Evidence from Enterprise Surveys in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, Asif Islam, Silvia Muzi and Jorge Luis Rodriguez Meza, November 2016, The World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 7890


… interesting assessments on social protection, gender and food security matters

Gender and social protection in sub-Saharan Africa: a general assessment of programme design, Raquel Tebaldi, November 2016, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth

Using household consumption and expenditure surveys to make inferences about food consumption, nutrient intakes and nutrition status, John L. Fiedler and Dena M. Mwangi, 2016, IFPRI Discussion Paper

Food Prices and Poverty, Derek D. Headey, November 2016, The World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 7898


Some big picture reflections on aid and development

Rethinking U.S. National Security: A New Role for International Development, J. Brian Atwood and Andrew Natsios, 1st December 2016,

Britain’s Aid Budget: Money Well Spent? Rajesh Mirchandani, 29th November 2016,



2017 Symposium on Economic Experiments in Developing Countries (SEEDEC) to be held at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK on 20 and 21 April 2017


Links I liked

All maps are wrong. I cut open a globe to show why, Johnny Harris, 2nd December 2016,

The impact of India’s sudden ban on high-value banknotes, Paddy Carter, Phyllis Papadavid and Nilima Gulrajani, 17th November 2016,