Unpacking multi-faceted anti-poverty programmes


Published 16.08.23

Can you build sustainable income for the very poor with individual parts of multi-faceted programmes?

Read "Unpacking a multi-faceted program to build sustainable income for the very poor" by Abhijit Banerjee, Dean Karlan, Robert Osei, Hannah Trachtman and Christopher Udry here.

A multi-faceted programme comprising of a grant of productive assets, training, unconditional cash transfers, coaching, and savings has been found to build sustainable income for those in extreme poverty. In this episode of VoxDevTalks, Robert Osei joins us to discuss research with Abhijit Banerjee, Dean Karlan, Hannah Trachtman and Christopher Udry on whether grants of productive assets, or access to a savings accounts, alone can achieve the same impact as the multi-faceted programme. They compare these individual interventions to the Graduating from Ultra Poverty Programme in Ghana, and find that neither transferring a productive asset (in this case, goats) nor providing access to a savings account, on their own, generate similar economically meaningful and sustainable impacts.