The cash transfer scheme implemented in Peru during the COVID-19 pandemic has supported 8.4 million households during the enforcement of one of the strictest lockdowns in the world. The story of its design and implementation amid a context that required swift response is featured by pre-pandemic challenges as the high degree of informality and the low levels of financial inclusion, and the lack of clear communication of the measures adopted. There has been a crucial learning process that must be harnessed by authorities for the sake of the effectiveness of social assistance interventions. To that end, based on evidence from comparable regions, the country’s efforts should be aimed at improving the comprehensiveness and management of citizen datasets, the strategy of public policy communication, and the adequacy of the delivery methods of the cash transfers.
How to Cite:
Galvez Vargas, S. del P., 2021. Cash transfers during the pandemic in Peru: Lessons and policy recommendations. The Public Sphere: Journal of Public Policy, 9(1).