Rewarding participants in public works programmes: cash or food transfers?

OUTPUT TYPE: Policy briefs
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2016
TITLE AUTHOR(S): S.Motala, S.Ngandu, S.Masvaure, T.Hart, Y.Gwenhure
KEYWORDS: PUBLIC SERVICES SECTOR
DEPARTMENT: Economic Perfomance and Development (EPD)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 9123

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Abstract

What is the best way for public works programmes to remunerate participants so that they can achieve improved socio-economic status? Drawing on evidence from a study conducted by the HSRC on the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) Phase 2 (2009 -2014) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), this policy brief considers the appropriateness and outcomes of the programme's wage transfer mechanisms - namely, 'wages' in cash or as in-kind payments in the form of food parcels - by contrasting their socio-economic outcomes across programme beneficiaries.