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Households living in extreme poverty face many challenges that restrict their ability to earn a living, but historically, policies aimed at building pathways out of poverty have focused only on one or few constraints. Evidence from NGO programs points to the promise of multi-faceted programs, but questions remain around the effectiveness and scalability of such programs through government systems. In collaboration with Government Safety Nets Units, Innovations for Poverty Action, and partner researchers evaluated the impact of multidimensional economic inclusion programs delivered on top of national cash transfer programs to address several poverty challenges simultaneously. The evaluation included programs in Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Niger, and Senegal, all countries in the Sahel region. This brief presents the main findings of the evaluation in Niger. Results for Burkina Faso, Mauritania, and Senegal will be presented in forthcoming briefs. 

 


 

Les ménages vivant dans l’extrême pauvreté sont confrontés à de nombreux défis qui limitent leur capacité à gagner leur vie. Dans le passé, les politiques de sortie de la pauvreté se sont concentrées uniquement sur un petit nombre de ces contraintes. Les évaluations de programmes multidimensionnels mis en oeuvre par des ONG donnent des résultats prometteurs. Toutefois, des questions subsistent quant à l’efficacité et à la possibilité de mise à l’échelle de tels programmes par les systèmes publics. Les chercheurs et chercheuses de la Banque mondiale, d’Innovations for Poverty Action et des partenaires ont évalué l’impact des programmes multidimensionnels d’inclusion productive mis en oeuvre à travers les systèmes de filets sociaux pour répondre simultanément à plusieurs contraintes empêchant la sortie de la pauvreté. L’évaluation couvre des programmes mis en oeuvre au Burkina Faso, en Mauritanie, au Niger et au Sénégal, tous des pays de la région du Sahel. Ce document présente les principaux résultats de l’évaluation au Niger. Les résultats pour le Burkina Faso, la Mauritanie et le Sénégal seront présentés dans de prochaines notes de politique.

 

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June 10, 2022
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Research shows that when people participate in the financial system, they are better able to manage risk, start or invest in a business, and fund large expenditures like education or a home improvement. Increasing women’s financial inclusion is especially important as women disproportionately experience poverty, stemming from unequal divisions of labor and a lack of control over economic resources. While demand and supply side barriers to women’s financial inclusion remain, this review shows that appropriate financial product design can help overcome some of these barriers. This review is organized by product and presents the existing evidence on the impact of savings, credit, payments, and insurance products on women’s economic empowerment outcomes, as well as the remaining open research questions in each area. The studies included in this review are limited to those designed as randomized control trials (RCTs), widely considered to be the gold standard in impact evaluation methodology.

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March 06, 2017