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Evaluating Antipoverty Transfer Programmes in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Better Policies? Better Politics?

Armando Barrientos / Juan Miguel Villa
Published Online: 2015-05-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jgd-2014-0006


Two broad explanations can be offered for the incidence of impact evaluations in antipoverty transfer programmes in developing countries. The first, and arguably dominant, explanation suggests this is a consequence of a shift towards evidence-based development policy. A second explanation emphasises the complementary role of policy competition and political factors in motivating evaluations. The paper assesses the relevance of the latter in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa through (i) a comparison of evaluation practice and (ii) the analysis of a new database of flagship antipoverty transfer programmes.

Keywords: antipoverty transfers; impact evaluation; Latin America; poverty; sub-Saharan Africa

JEL: D72; H43; I32; I38


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About the article

Corresponding author: Armando Barrientos, University of Manchester, Brooks World Poverty Institute, Arthur Lewis Building Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK, e-mail:

Published Online: 2015-05-01

Published in Print: 2015-06-01

Citation Information: Journal of Globalization and Development, Volume 6, Issue 1, Pages 147–179, ISSN (Online) 1948-1837, ISSN (Print) 2194-6353, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jgd-2014-0006.

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