New evidence on the effectiveness of targeting


There is a major on-going debate on the effectiveness of targeting social protection programmes to those living in poverty. Oxfam has highlighted the potential role of poverty-targeting in generating greater inequality while the IMF is reviewing its social protection framework after an evaluation identified a need for the Fund to re-consider its commitment to poverty targeting. At a recent Universal Child Benefits Conference, there was also a lively debate around targeting versus universal social protection schemes.

The purpose of this webinar was to outline the results of a new global review of the evidence on which types of social protection programme are most effective in reaching those living in poverty. The findings from Development Pathways – released on 14th March – were produced with support from the Church of Sweden and are the result of an analysis of the effectiveness of over 30 programmes in over 20 countries. Stephen Kidd outlined and discussed the evidence from the research. Commentators Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona and Andrew Fischer provided expert commentaries to respond to the findings and their implications, while Gunilla Palm introduced the session and invited questions from attendees.


Stephen Kidd, Senior Social Policy Specialist, Development Pathways

Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona, Senior Research Associate, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) (Former United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights) 

Andrew Fischer, Associate Professor of Social Policy and Development Studies, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague


Gunilla Palm, Advisor on Social Protection, Church of Sweden