News IconFinancial health declines in Kenya, while financial services access and use rises

The ability of Kenyans to use financial products to enable them to cope with shocks such as ill-health has declined, according to a new household survey on financial health. The...

News IconGovernment of Uganda outlines information and communication technology role in development plans

The Government of Uganda is outlining a vision for how information and communications technology (ICT) can underpin the nation’s development at a conference in Kampala.  The Ministry of ICT & National Guidance...

blog iconWhen and how citizen engagement can improve social protection programme delivery

Social protection schemes are often implemented in contexts characterised by weak accountability of government officials to citizens. Strengthening accountability is important to ensure the quality delivery of social protection and to build better relations between citizens and the state. One way of strengthening accountability is through increased involvement of citizens in social...

blog iconMaking smart use of technology: How electronic registration made Kenya’s universal pension possible

The Government of Kenya made a landmark decision in 2017 to provide a basic monthly pension income to its older citizens over the age of 70 years. The move represents a major step forward in the building of Kenya’s national social protection system. As the final preparations are made to...

News IconEuropean Development Days debate highlights how low-income nations can combat inequality with social protection

Social protection has great potential to reduce income inequality, it was underlined at a debate hosted by Oxfam and featuring the OECD, ITUC and Development Pathways at the European Development...

News IconStrengthening Ethiopia development efforts by reaching people with disabilities or living on the streets

Social services for people with complex needs must be improved to ensure that Ethiopia development efforts leave no one behind, according to an analysis of the situation of people with...

blog iconThird strike and you’re out? PMT performance against financial diaries and wealth-ranking data

What do you do when your most important poverty measurement tool on a poverty outreach programme looks as if it is not working? Guest blogger Julie Lawson-McDowall writes. Not so long ago, we at CRS’s Expanding Financial Inclusion (EFI) project (https://efiafrica.crs.org  ) had a bit of a moment: it looked as...

Publication IconThe Zomba conditional cash transfer experiment: An assessment of its methodology

In the 6th edition of our Pathways Perspectives publications, Stephen Kidd and Rebecca Calder examine the results of a study undertaken by the World Bank in an attempt to assess...

Publication IconGrandmas, Pensions and Female Genital Cutting

Rebecca Calder reports on the surprising finding that pensions may be contributing to a reduction in female genital cutting in Karamoja, Uganda. In the 7th edition of our Pathways Perspectives...

blog iconStories of the Inua Jamii Senior Citizens’ pension: Hopes for Kenya’s flagship universal pension programme

In a small rural community in Kenya’s Rift Valley, many older people are hopeful about the Inua Jamii Senior Citizens’ programme and the benefits that it could bring to their own wellbeing and that of their families, writes Anh Tran. As Ellen Jerotich stated during my visit to her house...