A Case Study of How Not to do Targeting Analysis: Pathways’ Perspective #4

Stephen Kidd provides a critique of a recent World Bank paper that provides an excellent example of how not to do targeting analysis. The World Bank paper demonstrates how to deliver a desired advocacy conclusion by manipulating the assumptions that go into the analysis.

We have written this critique as part of our campaign for more objectivity in social protection analysis. In the next few months we’ll be providing some further examples, so watch this space.


While Development Pathways may not necessarily agree with the views of the authors, we believe it is important to give people space to express their opinions.

About the Author

Stephen Kidd is a Senior Social Policy Specialist at Development Pathways and has worked on social protection for many years. He’s becoming increasingly irritated by poor quality analytical work.

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