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Are Public Works Working in Malawi?

by Kathleen Beegle, Emanuela Galasso, Jessica Goldberg | Tuesday, October 20, 2015

We partnered with the Government of Malawi to study the impact of their large public works program, including the introduction of budget-neutral design features. Our results did not find that the public works program was effective in achieving its aim of improving food security during the 2012/2013 agricultural season. Also, offering this income opportunity during the planting season did not result in greater use of fertilizer, despite this intention. It was difficult to say how the extra income from this work was spent or saved, perhaps because the amount of earnings from the program was not sufficiently large.

Download the full policy brief here.

Click here for a brief introduction of the project, here for a working paper and here for a World Bank research working paper.