Measuring the unintended benefits of a development program

Development programs often have a bigger impact than we intend – or even measure. The Transfer Modality Research Initiative in Bangladesh not only led to improved food security and nutrition, but also had a range of unintended benefits. In this Devex oped, our social protection team colleagues explain how this happened.

Journal article: Cash transfers increase trust in local government

In their recent paper in World Development, David Evans, Brian Holtemeyer, and Katrina Kosec explore how conditional cash transfer programs can impact trust in government, and how the information available to citizens affects this relationship.

WEBINAR: Aspirations, trust, and poverty reduction

Understanding the psychological dimensions of poverty is critical for understanding how to alleviate it. This webinar with Katrina Kosec on Dec 19 will highlight novel research on two psychological phenomena that are closely linked with experiencing poverty and economic vulnerability: 1) having low aspirations, or ambitions, for the future, and 2) having low levels of trust or confidence in one’s government.

A bureaucratic catch-22: Study in Bangladesh shows how safety nets can overlook the poorest

An IFPRI analysis of the Bangladesh's Vulnerable Group Development (VGD) program, which provides assistance to poor women in rural areas, revealed flaws in the standards used to target recipients and recommended new criteria, which the government will begin using in 2019.

Transfer programs, child nutrition, and intimate partner violence

In this interview, recorded as part of our series "Why is social protection important for agriculture and resilience? Watch our colleagues explain!", Dr. Shalini Roy discusses how transfer programs can affect nutrition and gender relations in a household, and what role behavior change communication has to play.