17 January 2019 


Nearly two-thirds of low and middle-income countries have public works programmes (PWPs), providing income support in exchange for work. PWPs combine the objectives of providing temporary paid employment, creating public infrastructure assets, and upgrading the skills of workers. But are public works programmes more effective than simple cash transfers? Are PWPs able to create assets and skills that deliver additional benefits regarding income, food security, employment, agricultural practices, or education?  


  • Michael Grimm, Professor of Development Economics and Dean, University of Passau 
  • Stefan Beierl, Research Assistant at the Chair of Development Economics, University of Passau 
  • Discussant: Rajeev Ahal, Project Director of Natural Resource Management in India, GIZ 

Moderator: Ralf Radermacher, Head of Social Protection Sector Initiative, GIZ 

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