Evaluating antipoverty transfer programmes in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. Better policies? Better politics?
Armando Barrientos and Juan M. Villa
WIDER Working Paper No. 2013/009
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.