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Social Assistance in Developing Countries Database (Version 2.0)

Armando Barrientos
Rebecca Holmes

social protection


The database aims to: provide a summary of the evidence available on the effectiveness of social assistance interventions in developing countries; focus on programmes seeking to combine the reduction and mitigation of poverty, with strengthening and facilitating household investments capable of preventing poverty and securing development in the longer term; select programmes for inclusion in the database on the basis of the availability of information on design features, evaluation, size, scope, or significance; provide summary information on each programme in a way that can be easily referenced by DFID staff and others with only a basic level of technical expertise.

The database is available to download directly, or compressed as a zip file.

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Social_Assistance_Database__Version2_March_2006.pdf PDF 1880.4 KB
SocialAssistanceDatabase2006 Version2 Zip Archive 675.5 KB

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