Evaluating Social Funds: A Cross-Country Analysis of by Lynne Sherburne-Benz, Laura B. Rawlings, Julie Van Domelen

By Lynne Sherburne-Benz, Laura B. Rawlings, Julie Van Domelen

Brought in Bolivia a bit over a decade in the past, social money became a key community-led poverty relief software. A departure from conventional government-sponsored methods, social money inspire groups and native associations to take the lead in deciding upon and accomplishing small-scale investments, ordinarily in social infrastructure similar to colleges, health and wellbeing clinics, and small-scale water offer and sanitation.

The social fund version has proved to be a dynamic, replicable process, simply tailored and scaled up in assorted international locations worldwide. In Latin the US, Africa, the center East, japanese Europe, and Asia, social cash have now absorbed with reference to $10 billion in international and family financing. regardless of their reputation, the effectiveness of social money as a mechanism for bettering welfare has remained mostly unmeasured. This research is the 1st systematic cross-country effect assessment of social cash utilizing survey facts and accredited assessment methodologies. The examine, performed in Armenia, Bolivia, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, and Zambia, addresses 4 basic questions:
--Do social cash achieve bad parts and negative households?
--Do social money carry high quality, sustainable investments?
--Do social cash impact residing standards?
--How competitively priced are social money and the investments they finance, in comparison with different supply mechanisms?

The results of vital new global financial institution learn, this publication may be of curiosity to social coverage practitioners and analysts, to lecturers and scholars of improvement, and to a person drawn to present pondering on poverty relief concepts.

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Those in Bolivia and Zambia finance vocational training campaigns. All but one of the six social funds are legally autonomous institutions, established under either the president’s or the prime minister’s office. ) Most funds have established regional offices to devolve certain functions to the local level. Their personnel policies differ from those of the regular civil service. They finance but do not directly carry out projects, relying on a variety of local actors for implementation. The Project Cycle and Implementation Arrangements Each social fund divides the project cycle into standard steps that allow the processing of hundreds or thousands of small-scale investments each year.

They are usually subject to the same budgetary and auditing requirements as other government programs. General Debates about the Model Because of their institutional structure and operating procedures, social funds may have efficiency advantages over traditional investment programs of line ministries. And because they promote local identification of priorities and community participation in the implementation of small-scale investments, they may foster improved ownership and sustainability and, ultimately, enhanced impact.

The evaluation involved broad participation by World Bank staff, academics, and personnel from a variety of institutions in the case study countries. In each country, local social fund officials, national statistical offices, consulting firms, universities, and NGOs worked with World Bank staff and consultants to design the evaluations, collect the data, and analyze the results. This collaboration allowed researchers to tailor their analysis to the interests of the specific country and to build local research capacity.

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