Targeting of transfers in developing countries

review of lessons and experience

David Coady, Margaret Grosh, John Hoddinott
world bank regional and sectoral studies

Targeting of Transfers in Developing Countries: Review of Lessons and Experience reviews the lessons learned from 122 antipoverty interventions in 47 transition and developing countries to quantify outcomes and their determinants and to inform the design and implementation of methods for targeting the beneficiaries of antipoverty programs. In addition to providing comparative quantitative analysis of targeting outcomes and their determinants, the authors provide a qualitative treatment of common targeting methods. In each case, they review international experiences: how the methods work, what determines how well they work, what costs are likely to be incurred, and what are appropriate circumstances for implementing antipoverty programs. The authors also provide a brief review of targeting, discussing the benefits and costs of targeting, methods for assessing targeting performance, and a taxonomy of targeting methods. Of particular interest to policymakers and program managers in developing countries, donor agencies, and nongovernmental organizations, this book offers important information to facilitate the effective design of antipoverty interventions that reach the poor.

The CD-ROM accompanying the book contains an annotated bibliography with summary information for each of the 122 interventions analyzed. Spanish and Russian translations of the book are also included on the CD-ROM.

Traducciones al español y al ruso se incluyen en el disco compacto.