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Evaluating antipoverty transfer programmes in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. Better policies? Better politics?

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Evaluating antipoverty transfer programmes in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. Better policies? Better politics?

 

Armando Barrientos and Juan M. Villa
February 2013
WIDER Working Paper No. 2013/009

 

Abstract

The paper provides a comparative analysis of the incidence of evaluation methods in
antipoverty transfer programmes in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. The paper
identifies two broad explanations for the incidence of evaluation in antipoverty transfer
programmes in developing countries, one emphasizing the advantages of a shift towards
evidence-based development policy, and a second explanation emphasizing political factors.
The paper assesses their relevance in the context of Latin American and sub-Saharan African
countries with a view to throwing light on whether the evaluation of antipoverty transfer
programmes will lead to an improved effectiveness of the relevant government agencies.