Effectiveness Of Cash Transfer Program In Improving The Livelihoods Of Orphans And Vulnerable Children In Dujis District, Garissa County
This study seeks to establish the effectiveness of cash transfer programs in improving the livelihoods of the OVC. Specifically the study sought to establish whether identification process of the OVC affects the effectiveness of the cash transfer program, to determine whether the management of the cash transfer program affects the effectiveness of the program, to find out if there is any relationship between the guardians’ level of education and the effectiveness of the cash transfer program, to establish the vices hindering the effectiveness of the cash transfer program and lastly to identify the strategies of improving the cash transfer program. 150 households were selected using systematic sampling procedures. One guardian will be selected per household using purposive sampling making a total sample population of 150. Five Assistant Chiefs were interviewed. Data collected was analyzed using SPSS. Based on the findings for this study, the researcher concluded that though the cash transfer programme is a good initiative, the identification of the OVC was not properly done. This has made the victims to continue to suffer in silence unaware of the existence of the cash transfer programme. There is therefore great need to sensitize the public on the existence of the cash transfer programme. It was however concluded that the few who had benefited from the funds were able to acquire more food, clothing and school fees, hence improve livelihood. From the finding for this study, the researcher made several recommendations among them that during identification of the deserving people, the Government should involve the area chiefs more to assist in identification process. The researcher is suggesting further study to be done on the impact of cash transfer on the education of orphans and vulnerable children. Also further study can be done on the impact of cash transfer on poverty reduction in the society.