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Philippines: The political economy of cash transfer programmes in Brazil, Pakistan and the Philippines - When do governments ‘leave no one behind’?

Source: ODI - Humanitarian Policy Group Country: Brazil, Pakistan, Philippines
Key messages • Pro-poor policies, such as cash transfers, hold wide appeal for politicians in times of economic crises because of the visibility and high level of international support available for such measures. • The political returns to politicians from a widespread pro-poor policy are significant: they potentially expand their voter base. • The highly visible link between the politician and cash transfers has mobilised politicians to invest in state capacity and reach eligible citizens. • Methods of selecting eligible participants and delivering cash has allowed local politicians to gain electoral mileage from central government actions. • In the longer term, it can be very difficult for subsequent regimes to dismantle far-reaching propoor programmes without risking high levels of unpopularity. Consequently, future governments try to establish ownership over the programmes by improving and/or expanding them. Read the full report

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