Public finance

We support policy-relevant studies that contribute to improving our understanding of public expenditure trends and improving the delivery of public goods, which is critical for achieving two key sustainable development goals: (1) to end poverty, and (2) strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development.

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Public finance decisions on revenue and expenditure are critical for effective governance. However, it is often challenging to assess the effectiveness of different public finance options. As a result, robust and useful evidence is limited. However, recent improvements in impact evaluation designs and methods can provide increasingly reliable answers to questions in this sector. 3ie aims to help fill this evidence gap by funding evaluations in this sector through our Development Priorities Evidence Programme. 3ie is supporting an impact evaluation of financial inclusion programmes in Nigeria and one of an unconditional cash transfer scheme in Zambia.

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Evaluating the economic impacts of rural banking: experimental evidence from southern India

Impact evaluation 3ie 2018

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The effects of microcredit on women’s control over household spending

Systematic review 3ie 2016
This systematic review by Vaessen and colleagues focuses on the impact of microcredit interventions on one aspect of empowerment – increasing women’s control over household spending decisions – and the circumstances under which it occurs.

Mobile money and its impact on improving living conditions in Niger: a replication study

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Edmundo Beteta and colleagues replicate the results of a randomized evaluation carried out by Aker and colleagues in 2016 in Niger.

In search of the holy grail: can unconditional cash transfers graduate households out of poverty in Zambia?

Impact evaluation 3ie 2019
This impact evaluation assessed whether the effects of the Zambian government’s Child Grant Programme were sustained after households exited the programme. The authors find that the consumption and food security of the original households declined after the programme ended and positive effects had faded out two years later.

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