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Supporting Micro-enterprise in Humanitarian Programming: Impact Evaluation of Business Grants versus Unconditional Cash Transfer
Dalarna University, School of Health and Welfare, Care Sciences. Dalarna University, School of Health and Welfare, Caring Science/Nursing.
2023 (English)In: Journal of African Economies, ISSN 0963-8024, E-ISSN 1464-3723, Vol. 32, no 4, p. 415-437Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Humanitarian programming in fragile economies often use unconditional cash transfers (UCTs) to offset food insecurity. However, there is an increasing focus on using cash transfers to boost household incomes beyond the short-term through micro-enterprise start-up and growth. This paper conducts a randomised control trial to measure the impact of three different sizes of business grants against UCT in Somalia. We find that giving the same amount of money as a lump sum business grant results in higher likelihood of business ownership and income compared with UCT in the short run (3-4 months after the transfers). However, the impacts are larger and persist 3 years later only for those who received larger amount of grants. The results indicate our 'medium'-sized grant being more cost-effective. © 2022 The Author(s).

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Oxford University Press , 2023. Vol. 32, no 4, p. 415-437
Keywords [en]
cash transfer, micro-enterprise, Somalia, business development, cost-benefit analysis, firm ownership, household income, income distribution, industrial development, industrial investment, microenterprise
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-46893DOI: 10.1093/jae/ejac012Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85168567521OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-46893DiVA, id: diva2:1793932
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