An evaluation of cash transfer programmes in Zimbabwe as a strategy to reduce poverty: a case study of Mercy Corp’s cash transfers programme in Sakubva high density suburb, Mutare
Mutambara, Chido R
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The study aimed at looking at the effectiveness of cash transfers programmes being conducted by Mercy Corp’s in Sakubva, Mutare. The study came in the background that this a new way of assisting vulnerable households, responding to some complications which were posed by in kind transfers. The objectives of the study included assessing the available social safety nets being provided by both the Government and the Non Governmental Organization Sector., establishing the modalities in the implementation of the cash transfer programme, finding out how cash transfers are being used to strengthen or sustain livelihoods by vulnerable groups. In addition, the research study also sought to evaluate the social and economic gains which have accrued due to the cash transfer programme. Qualitative research methodology was employed in this research. Fifty four participants were used in the current study. Thirty two of them were involved structured interviews; eighteen took part in two focus group discussion, each having nine participants. Four respondents participated as key informants. Purposive sampling was used in sampling key informants while the rest were sampled using convenience sampling. Results revealed that the cash transfer programme was instrumental in transforming the lives of the beneficiaries for the better. The money managed to increase their food basket and it allowed them to invest some of the proceeds not only in children’s education, but in income generating projects as well. In addition, the study has shown that beneficiaries would afford to seek medical attention for household members who would have fallen sick. The study has made some recommendations to the effect that a multi-sectorial approach be adopted whereby the private as well as the government fully participates in the fight against poverty. It was also recommended that the organization considers augmenting cash transfers with in-kind transfers so that the money can be meaningfully used to invest not to consume.
Subjectcash transfer programmes
non governmental organisations
Humanitarian aid organizations