9:00—12:00 PM
Center for Global Development
2055 L ST NW
- Fifth Floor
Washington, DC 20036

Cash Transfers: The New Benchmark for Foreign Aid?

Keynote Speaker
Paul Niehaus
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of California San Diego

Jenny Aker, Assistant Professor, Fletcher School and Department of Economics, Tufts University
Jishnu Das, Lead Economist, Human Development and Public Services Team, Development Research Group, World Bank
Sudhanshu Handa, Senior Social Policy Specialist, UNICEF Innocenti Research Center and Professor of Public Policy, University of North Carolina
Ferdinando Regalia, Chief, Social Protection and Health Division, Inter-American Development Bank
David Roodman, Freelance Public Policy Consultant
William Savedoff, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

Moderated by
Amanda Glassman
Senior Fellow and Director of Global Health Policy, Center for Global Development

Cash transfer programs have shown mostly consistent success at improving conditions that matter for development; smoothing consumption, increasing school attendance and health care, sometimes improving nutritional status and helping with the accumulation of productive assets, among others. This event will highlight cash transfers as a tool for development, and pose the questions: when are cash transfers better than traditional foreign aid? And should aid be benchmarked against the cost-effectiveness of cash transfers?

Opening keynote remarks from Paul Niehaus, co-founder of GiveDirectly and Professor at the University of California San Diego, will argue for benchmarking in-kind aid interventions against cash transfers, and will be followed by a debate on the relevance and feasibility of this approach. Jenny Aker, Jishnu Das, and Sudhanshu Handa will argue for benchmarking, while Ferdinando Regalia, David Roodman, and Bill Savedoff will argue against. Audience Q&A will follow. See the agenda for more information.

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