Evaluation of concern Kenya’s korogocho emergency and food security cash transfer initiative: final report

The Korogocho cash transfer initiative was intended to transfer Ksh 1,500 on a monthly basis to 2400 households, using a mobile phone bank transfer system common in Kenya and known as M-PESA. The main initiative ran from November 2009 to July 2010 (eight months of transfers), though some bed-ridden households continue to receive transfers. The initiative made transfers to 1958 households. This report presents findings from a quantitative and qualitative evaluation of a cash transfer initiative implemented by Concern Worldwide in an urban informal settlement in Nairobi – Korogocho – in 2009 and 2010. The findings are positive. The report recommends that, with some adjustments, the initiative form a basis for i) a longer-term social protection programme and ii) a livelihoods grant and loan package.

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