July 28

Ten Lessons From the Largest Scale Up of Cash Transfers in History

By Ugo Gentilini

Over the past 30 months we have been carefully tracking countries’ unprecedented social protection responses to Covid-19. But what are we learning from such wealth of experiences?

A new paper – Cash Transfers in Pandemic Times: Evidence, Practices, and Implications from the Largest Scale Up in History – combines analysis of large datasets with a review of about 300 pandemic papers, evaluations, and practical experiences while focusing on a particular form of social protection – cash transfers. Before turning to the ten lessons for the future featured in the report, let’s first reflect on the past.

Photo courtesy of AMISOM Public Information.

Source: The World Bank (link opens in a new window)

cash transfers, fintech