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Final report of global review of targeting effectiveness set to be unveiled


The culmination of an assessment of the targeting effectiveness of social protection programmes across the globe undertaken for the Church of Sweden will be launched this Thursday 14th.

Ahead of the launch at 5pm GMT at a webinar, we publish a poster of the headline findings that was shared with participants of the recent Universal Child Grant event.


Development Pathways examined the targeting effectiveness of 38 social protection schemes across 23 low- and middle-income countries using national household survey datasets. Four of the schemes examined employed a universal approach while the others used some form of income-test: means testing, proxy means testing, community-based targeting, self-targeting and pension testing.

The research sought to answer how effective different types of targeting mechanism are in reaching their intended recipients; and how effective are different types of targeting mechanism in reaching those living in extreme poverty.

The results on targeting effectiveness will be unveiled in a final report made available to those attending a webinar Thursday at 5pm GMT. They lay bare the extent of the errors made across all programmes, and will further fuel the debate over whether the Bretton Woods Institutions and donors’ support for poverty-targeted programmes is ineffective and wasteful. The IMF is reviewing its social protection framework after criticism its support fails to invest in impactful schemes.

The webinar will be moderated by Gunilla Palm, Policy Advisor for Social Protection, Church of Sweden, while Andrew Fischer, Associate Professor of Social Policy and Development Studies at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague and Magdalena Sepúlveda, Senior Research Associate at the UN Research Institute for Social Development, and former UN rapporteur on human rights and extreme poverty.

To participate in the webinar at 5pm GMT this Thursday 14th, New evidence on the effectiveness of targeting and receive the final report on the work, register by clicking here.


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