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July 08, 2009

NASW article features research by Diwakar Vadapalli for UNICEF, which will be presented in Monterrey, Mexico in July.

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Diwakar K. Vadapalli, Doctoral Research Fellow at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, presented a paper in Carmona, Spain, April 22-24, at a research meeting titled, "Social Welfare and Cash Transfer Meeting," which was organized by both UNICEF and University College London, to discuss the role of social welfare services in improving cash transfer programs.

A communiqué released from the meeting is available here.

Mr. Vadapalli's paper is titled, "Barriers and challenges in accessing social transfers and role of social welfare services in improving targeting efficiency: a study of conditional cash transfers," and it was featured in the July edition of NASW News in the article, "Services Enhance Cash Programs: Information flow among the parties is vital to the success of cash transfer policies," by Paul R. Pace, that reports about this research meeting.

Mr. Vadapalli's paper will also be presented at the 2009 Symposium of the International Consortium for Social Development in Monerrey, Mexico on July 28th, 2009. It will appear in a special issue of the international journal Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies titled, "UNICEF Special Issue: Barriers and challenges in accessing social transfers and role of social welfare services in improving targeting efficiency: a study of conditional cash transfers by: D. Vadapalli."

Abstract:

Conditional cash transfers (CCTs) are widely recognized as an effective demand-side social assistance intervention that complements the long-standing supply-side intervention of ensuring adequate supply of services. Despite the sophistication and complexity, targeting is not always efficient. Examining nine different CCT programs, this review identifies various barriers and challenges faced by both agencies administering the transfers and potential beneficiaries of these transfers and explores the role of social welfare services in overcoming these barriers and challenges and facilitating access to social transfers.

The full published article can be found in Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies Vol. 4, No. S1, August 2009, 41–54 ISSN 1745-0128 print/ISSN 1745-0136 online

Children and Youth Studies, Vol. 1, No. 1, June 2009: Barriers and challenges in accessing social transfers and role of social welfare services in improving targeting efficiency: A study of conditional cash transfers

This paper was commissioned and funded by the United Nations Children’s Fund. In the wake of starting similar programs in Africa, UNICEF commissioned four such reviews, including this one. Additional funds were provided by the School of Graduate Studies and the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences of Case Western Reserve University.