This five day rapid review looks at the experiences globally of civil society organisations providing or supporting accountability mechanisms in cash transfer programmes. Bhargava and Raha’s (2015: 12) review of civil society engagement with cash transfer programme accountability found only few studies, suggesting to them that there is a significant knowledge gap. A mixture of academic and grey literature was available. Civil society organisations have supported accountability in cash transfer programmes by: working to improve transparency to help citizens hold authorities accountable; vetting beneficiary lists for errors; encouraging compliance by highlighting benefits; gathering feedback to improve services; assessing programme vulnerability to integrity risks and advocating to improve matters; and gathering grassroots level information on the programmes. Civil society organisations have supported or provided accountability mechanisms a number of different countries around the world. This report looks at case studies from Mexico; Brazil; Philippines; Mozambique; Occupied Palestine Territories; Peru; Kenya; Turkey; and Paraguay.
Rohwerder, B. (2016). Civil society organisations supporting accountability in cash transfer programmes. (K4D Helpdesk Research Report). Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies.