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Guadalupe Bedoya

Development Impact Evaluation, DIME
The World Bank
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June 2019No Household Left Behind: Afghanistan Targeting the Ultra Poor Impact Evaluation
with Aidan Coville, Johannes Haushofer, Mohammad Isaqzadeh, Jeremy P. Shapiro: w25981
The share of people living in extreme poverty fell from 36 percent in 1990 to 10 percent in 2015 but has continued to increase in many fragile and conflict-affected areas where half of the extreme poor are expected to reside by 2030. These areas are also where the least evidence exists on how to tackle poverty. This paper investigates whether the Targeting the Ultra Poor program can lift households out of poverty in a fragile context: Afghanistan. In 80 villages in Balkh province, 1,219 of the poorest households were randomly assigned to a treatment or control group. Women in treatment households received a one-off “big-push” package, including a transfer of livestock assets, cash consumption stipend, skills training, and coaching. One year after the program ended—two years after assets we...
 
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