FAO Guidelines for Public Works Programmes: Cash, Voucher and Food for Work

Post date Monday, 10 June, 2013 - 11:15
Document Type Manual/Guideline
Content Themes Cash and Vouchers, Markets
Sources FAO
Filed under Cash and Markets

DEFINITION - Public works programmes provide employment to unskilled and semi-skilled workers on labourintensive projects such as rehabilitation of irrigation systems, soil conservation, and road construction and maintenance. RATIONALE & PURPOSE - The main objective of a public works programme is to provide income through temporary employment to people who are vulnerable or food insecure or to crisis-affected communities. The rationale for choosing a public works programme over other cash transfer (CT) modalities is based on the assumption that the creation and rehabilitation of vital community assets provides beneficiaries with better protection against future shocks which can negatively affect livelihoods in rural settings.

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