Vouching for the Input Voucher: Can Decentralized Targeting Reach Target? Decentralized Targeting and Elite Capture

L. Christiaensen, L. Pan

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Abstract

Through decentralized targeting of input vouchers new agricultural input subsidy programs aim to more effectively reach their objectives and target population. But, lingering fears of elite capture remain. These are borne out in the 2009 input voucher program in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Sixty percent of the voucher beneficiaries were households with village officials. This significantly reduced the targeting performance of the program, especially in unequal and remote communities. When targeting the poor, greater coverage and concentration in higher trust settings mitigated these concerns. Scrutiny remains important when relying on decentralized targeting, as is a clearer sense of purpose of input vouchers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1619-1633
JournalWorld Development
Volume40
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • community-driven development
  • antipoverty program
  • poor
  • accountability
  • government
  • ethiopia

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