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By Moritz von Gliszczynski

Money Transfers and simple Social safety deals a ground-breaking research of the discourses that facilitated the increase of money transfers as tools of improvement coverage because the Nineties. the writer offers a close evaluation of the background of social defense and identifies the criteria that made funds transfers valid coverage.

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Following the publication of these studies, UNICEF moved on to develop its own concept of ‘child-sensitive social protection’ which was endorsed by a broad coalition of actors, including DFID, StC, the ILO, the World Bank and the ODI, which had helped to produce the study mentioned earlier (UNICEF et al. 2009). The concept in itself is rather encompassing and, besides social insurances and social services, includes cash transfers and family allowances as a matter of course (3). Finally this was followed by the publication of ‘Integrated Social Protection System – Enhancing Equity for Children’, which serves as UNICEF’s (2012) first official policy strategy for social protection in general.

Firstly, I examine the semantics associated with cash transfers as a general idea and describe the emergence of ‘social cash transfers’ as an umbrella term for non-contributory benefits to the poor. Secondly, I analyse basic design features which are attributed to cash transfers, including their perception as both flexible and regular benefits, as well as efficiency as a core principle of policy. Thirdly, I describe five major effects which policy actors expect cash transfers to achieve and which legitimise them as a policy model.

2004: The ILO’s ‘World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalisation’ first uses the term ‘global social floor’. The concept is further developed in ILO papers. 2005: DFID publishes ‘Social transfers and chronic poverty’, the first encompassing overview on SCT. 2006: The ‘Livingston Conference’ in Zambia declares SCT to be part of the official development agenda for Africa. 2008–2009: The World Bank issues new major publications on safety nets and CCT. 2009: The United Nations Chief Executives Board officially adopts the ‘global social floor’ as an instrument against the global financial crisis, with the ILO and the WHO as lead organisations.

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