Design and Implementation Features of Public Works Programmes: What do we know about the drivers of success and failure to achieve programme objectives?

The trend for conducting rigorous impact evaluations of development interventions has prompted many researchers to start looking more closely at public works programmes (PWPs). This study identifies design and implementation features that contribute to programme success or failure, highlighting which PWP model is appropriate in what context and why linkages to broader graduation strategies and other interventions are important.

The study is based on a comprehensive systematic review of all available robust evidence on PWPs in low and lower middle income countries in Africa and the MENA region.