The database aims to:
- provide a summary of the evidence available on the effectiveness of social assistance interventions in developing countries;
- focus on programmes seeking to combine the reduction and mitigation of poverty, with strengthening and facilitating household investments capable of preventing poverty and securing development in the longer term;
- select programmes for inclusion in the database on the basis of the availability of information on design features, evaluation, size, scope, or significance;
provide summary information on each programme in a way that can be easily referenced by DFID staff and others with only a basic level of technical expertise. Version 3 will incorporate information on the following programmes which are in the process of being implemented during 2006:
- Conditional cash transfers pilots in Kenya, Zambia, and Malawi
- Integrated poverty reduction programmes in Panama, Uruguay, and the Dominican Republic
- Conditional cash transfer programmes in Paraguay and Palestine. Links to versions 1 and 2 of the database can be found by following the 'view documents' link at the top of this page.
Social Assistance in Developing Countries Database, Brooks World Poverty Institute, The University of ManchesterOverseas Development Institute, 106 pp.