This 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
and 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 5 updates information on existing programmes and incorporates information on the following programmes:
- Conditional cash transfers pilots in Kenya, Zambia, and Malawi
- Integrated poverty reduction programmes in Panama, and the Dominican Republic
- Conditional cash transfer programmes in Paraguay
- CHARS in Bangladesh combining climate change adaptation, asset protection and accumulation, and transfers
- Basic Income Grant Pilot in Namibia which, although not strictly a social assistance programme, will be of interest to users of the Database
Barrientos, A.; Niño-Zarazúa, M.; Maitrot, M. Social Assistance in Developing Countries Database (Version 5.0). (2010) 137 pp.