IDS and partners have been commissioned by DFID on behalf of the Government of Kenya to carry out a Monitoring and Evaluation project, to assess the impact and efficiency of the Hunger Safety Net Programme (HSNP).
Declining economic growth in Kenya during the 1980s and 1990s, coupled with rising inequality and unemployment, led to a rise in poverty. Around 17 million people, 46%, live in absolute poverty. The incidence and severity of hunger in specific groups is increasing. Repeated droughts, the effects of HIV/AIDS and growing numbers of orphans all reduce people’s productive capacity; exacerbated by a declining resource base relative to population and poor service delivery.
The Government of Kenya’s Economic Recovery Strategy (ERS), and its successor Vision 2030 recognise that the poorest, most marginalised people will not directly benefit from growth. GoK policy commitments include improving the affordability and quality of social services through interventions on education, health, nutrition, HIV/AIDS, and social security. GoK is delivering its ERS commitments, particularly universal free primary education and improving access to antiretroviral therapy. However, to meet the MDGs, and GoK’s own targets, more direct action is required.
One innovative intervention is the Hunger Safety Net Programme (HSNP), an unconditional cash transfer programme targeted at the chronically food insecure. The goal of the HSNP is to reduce extreme poverty in Kenya. The purpose is to support the establishment of a government-led national social protection system delivering long-term, guaranteed cash transfers to the poorest and most vulnerable 10% of Kenyan households. The project is in two phases.
- The principal objective of Phase 1 is to implement a cash transfer programme in the arid and semi-arid lands (ASAL) districts of northern Kenya, making regular cash transfers to 60,000 households every 2 months for 3 years.
- Phase 2 aims to roll out the HSNP under a national social protection system addressing the needs of 1.5 million Kenyans, with Government of Kenya (GoK) and donor funding.
IDS and partners have been commissioned by DFID on behalf of the Government of Kenya to carry out a Monitoring and Evaluation project , to assess the impact and efficiency of the Hunger Safety Net Programme (HSNP), including a specific check on the effectiveness of the payments process, and to provide feedback to enable progressive improvement in programme operations and an efficient payments cycle in addition to developing an evidence base for the cost-effective delivery of social protection instruments in Kenya.
The work includes the development and implementation of a comprehensive evaluation design, baseline and follow-up surveys for control and treatment locations (including census surveys of identified locations), small-sample longitudinal surveys, impact analyses, periodic reports and the development and implementation of a mechanism to monitor the effectiveness of the payments process including a specific check on fiduciary risks.