Social Protection, Cash Transfers & Long-Term Poverty Reduction: Transfer Project Workshop Brief 2019

Celebrating ten years of building evidence for action on cash transfers in Africa, UNICEF, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) organized the seventh regional Transfer Project workshop on “Social Protection, Cash Transfers and Long-Term Poverty Reduction” in Arusha, Tanzania from 2 to 4 April 2019. Over 130 social  protection experts and stakeholders from 20 African countries attended, including government officials, UNICEF and FAO staff, academics, NGOs and other development partners.

This brief summarises the main discussion points from the workshop including: the long-term contribution of cash transfers to eradicating poverty; ‘graduation’ and linkages to other key services for sustainable poverty reduction; the role of the political economy in social protection; integrating cash transfers with other government policies to optimize their social and economic impacts.