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Liberia's Cash for Work Temporary Employment Project : Responding to Crisis in Low Income, Fragile Countries

ABSOLUTE POVERTY ACCOUNTING ADMINISTRATIVE DATA AGRICULTURAL LAND AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION AMOUNT OF MONEY AVERAGE WAGES BANKING SERVICES BARGAINING BARGAINING POWER BENEFICIARY BENEFIT LEVEL BEST PRACTICES CALCULATION CASH PAYMENTS CASH TRANSFER CASH TRANSFER PROGRAMS CHILD CARE CITIES COMMERCIAL BANK COMMODITY COMMUNITY ASSETS COMMUNITY HEALTH COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT COMMUNITY LEADERS COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION COMMUNITY SERVICE COMMUNITY WORKS CONDITIONAL CASH CONFLICT CONSUMPTION SMOOTHING COST EFFECTIVENESS COUNTERFACTUAL CRIME CRISES CROWDING OUT CURRENCY DAILY WAGE DEBT DEBT REPAYMENT DESCRIPTION DISABILITY DISPLACEMENT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE EMPLOYMENT OF WOMEN EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES EMPLOYMENT PROJECT EMPLOYMENT SCHEME EMPLOYMENT SERVICES EXCHANGE RATE EXTREME POVERTY EXTREME POVERTY LINE FAMILY MEMBER FARMERS FARMLAND FEMALE FEMALE PARTICIPATION FEMALE WORKERS FINANCES FINANCIAL BENEFITS FINANCIAL CRISIS FINANCIAL LITERACY FINANCIAL LITERACY EDUCATION FINANCIAL TOOLS FOOD CONSUMPTION FOOD IMPORTS FOOD INSECURITY FOOD PRICE FOOD PRICES FOOD SECURITY FUTURE EARNINGS GENDER GOVERNMENT CAPACITY HOUSEHOLD SURVEYS HUMAN DEVELOPMENT INCOME INCOME GAINS INCOME TAX INCOME-GENERATING ACTIVITIES INSURANCE POLICIES INTERVENTION INTERVENTIONS INVESTING JOB TRAINING LABOR COSTS LABOR FORCE LABOR LAWS LABOR MARKET LABOR MARKET PROGRAMS LABOR SUPPLY LABORERS LEVEL OF NEED LIFE SKILLS LIMITED ACCESS LIMITED CAPACITY LITERACY LIVING CONDITIONS LIVING EXPENSES LIVING STANDARDS LOCAL INFRASTRUCTURE LOW COST LOW INCOME LOW-INCOME MARKET PRICES MARKET WAGE MINIMUM WAGE MONEY MANAGEMENT MONTHLY PAYMENTS NATIONAL POVERTY NATIONAL POVERTY LINE NATURAL DISASTERS NUTRITION NUTRITION SECURITY OCCUPATIONS OLDER INDIVIDUALS OLDER WORKERS OPPORTUNITY COSTS OUTPUTS PARTICIPATION RATE PARTICIPATIONS PAYMENT SCHEDULE PENSION PENSION ENTITLEMENTS POLITICAL ECONOMY POOR POOR COMMUNITIES POOR INFRASTRUCTURE POVERTY GAP POVERTY IMPACT POVERTY LEVEL POVERTY LINE POVERTY REDUCTION POVERTY REDUCTION STRATEGY POVERTY TRAPS PRODUCTIVITY PROGRAM COVERAGE PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY PROGRAM WAGES PROTECTION POLICY PUBLIC BUILDINGS PUBLIC PENSIONS PUBLIC PROVISION PUBLIC RESOURCE PUBLIC SERVICES PUBLIC WORKS PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMS PURCHASES QUESTIONNAIRE REHABILITATION OF SCHOOLS REMOTE AREAS REMOTE COMMUNITIES RESOURCE ALLOCATION RESOURCE CONSTRAINTS ROAD REHABILITATION RURAL RURAL AREAS RURAL COMMUNITIES RURAL FEMALE RURAL WAGES SAFETY SAFETY NET PROGRAMS SAFETY NETS SALARY SAVINGS SAVINGS ACCOUNTS SCHOOL FEEDING SCHOOL FEES SELECTION CRITERIA SEVERANCE PAY SKILLED WORKERS SKILLS TRAINING SMALLHOLDER FARMERS SOCIAL BENEFITS SOCIAL FUNDS SOCIAL INSURANCE SOCIAL POLICY SOCIAL PROTECTION SOCIAL SAFETY NET SOCIAL SECURITY SOCIAL SERVICE SOCIAL WELFARE STAKEHOLDER STAKEHOLDERS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT TARGETING TARGETING MECHANISMS TECHNICAL SKILLS TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT TEMPORARY JOBS TRAININGS TRANSACTION TYPE OF WORK UNEMPLOYED UNEMPLOYMENT UNSKILLED LABOR UNSKILLED WORK UNSKILLED WORKERS URBAN AREAS URBAN COMMUNITIES VALUABLE VULNERABLE CHILDREN VULNERABLE FAMILIES VULNERABLE HOUSEHOLDS VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS WAGE DIFFERENTIALS WAGE RATE WAR WELFARE INDICATORS WELFARE PROGRAMS WORK PROGRAM WORK PROJECTS WORKFARE WORKING HOURS WORKS PROGRAM YOUNG CHILDREN YOUNG PEOPLE YOUTH
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World Bank, Washington, DC
Africa | Liberia
2017-06-27T18:41:44Z | 2017-06-27T18:41:44Z | 2011-07

Together with reductions in indirect taxes on food imports, cash for work programs were one of the main responses implemented by African governments following the food, fuel, and financial crisis of recent years. The main objective of those programs was to help the poor cope with the various shocks by increasing their net earnings through community-level work paid for under the programs. Yet it is unclear whether these cash for work programs indeed reached their intended beneficiaries and to what degree they generated other, potentially long-term beneficial impacts. This paper explores these issues in the context of Liberia and the performance of the Cash for Work Temporary Employment Program (CfWTEP) funded by the World Bank through an emergency crisis facility in response to the 2007/2008 food crisis. Both quantitative and qualitative data are presented, focusing on the operational and policy experiences emerging from program implementation. This paper analyzes the context that led to the creation and implementation of the CfWTEP in Liberia, the nature and administrative arrangements for the program, and its operational performance. The objective is to share the lessons learned from evaluation findings so that they can be useful for implementing similar programs in the future in Liberia itself or in other countries. Findings from the analysis highlight the possibilities of implementing public works program in low capacity, post conflict setting and the scope for using the program as a springboard towards a broader and more comprehensive social safety net.

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