15 April 2012

DFID Livelihoods Program in South Sudan

DFID is planning to spend up to £100 million on food security and livelihoods in South Sudan over the next 5 years, the largest of all its programs. Is that a lot or a little?


DFID's expected results in this area are to support 1 million people to achieve food security.

Not knowing the details of the program, I am going to imagine for a second that DFID has a zero-overhead cash transfer or food voucher planned. 

£100 million over 5 years, divided between £1 million people, is 5.4 pence a day each. 

"Hello there Mr. Deng, here's 5 pence, buy yourself a sandwich yeah? Go nuts with it, I'll give you another 5p tomorrow! Sorted yeah?"

So - to get to an even slightly more realistic sufficient basic daily income, all we need is for economies of scale, support to production, and that vocational training, to have a 1000% return. Good job that we have all that evidence about the massive massive returns to livelihoods programs. Wait...

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