An Experimental Pilot Cash Transfer Study in Delhi
To allow the choices and voices of poor households to be heard in the debate on cash transfers, SEWA conducted a small pilot study with the support of Government of Delhi and UNDP.The essential design was to allow some households in the sample the choice of equivalent cash transfer into a bank account in place of rations. These households then could not draw rations during the period of the pilot. Those receiving the cash transfer and those who continued in the current system were then interviewed and surveyed so their consumption patterns, and their views on cash transfers and rations, could be compiled and analysed. A number of lessons were learnt from our pilot study, and these inform our assessment of cash transfers.