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Submitted by Arvind Nair on

Following up further on this, perhaps in the case of cash transfers, we can hope that this fight to improve administrative capacity will be fought with more data and focus on outcomes that has been the case of other public goods provision. With cash transfer schemes, we have the chance, at the outset, to put metrics in place that can measure not just 'leakage' of funds but also, where exactly in the 'chain of delivery' (not the best phrase!) the leakage is happening: is it in identification of beneficiaries? the linkage of beneficiaries to bank accounts? from the government treasury system to the bank accounts? And the thing about cash transfers is also that since the 'good' itself is measurable, the leakage will be too.