Monitoring CT Programs

Monitoring and links to other programs (referrals)

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Along with ensuring that the CT meets its own objectives, monitoring can play a role in linking beneficiaries to other support services and helping them achieve a better, more secure standard of living. Provided the CT has its pulse on the well-being of beneficiaries, it can refer them to other public or private services that provide crucial healthcare, psychosocial support, training, inputs, protection from risk, and more. The synergy generated when beneficiaries receive support along several dimensions may eventually allow the individual or household to graduate from the cash transfer program. Referrals to programs that assist individuals or households faced with idiosyncratic shocks can also protect beneficiaries from the full effect of catastrophic setbacks and help ensure the cash transfer has its intended impact.

An example of this can be found in Ethiopia, where the government has increasingly understood that graduation from its PSNP (a public works and cash transfer program) depends not just on the success of the PSNP, but also on its ability to link households to other support that will help increase their asset bases, mitigate the effect of shocks, and link them into well-functioning markets (World Bank 2010b). This type of holistic support is only possible if the program is able to effectively monitor beneficiary households (or cooperate with other services to do so) and link them to other support services.