'Graduation Packages', which combine conventional cash transfers with professional training, offer access to saving facilities and transfer of productive assets, and could be a potentially powerful tool to efficiently and durably improve income generation. Through a holistic approach that directly supports investment in both physical and human capital, they tackle simultaneously multiple causes of poverty. This research seminar analyses the extent to which these multi-faceted packages could effectively unlock poverty traps for Vietnam's and Cambodia's most vulnerable groups, while fostering their inclusion into the local social and economic fabric.
Stephanie Levy is a Guest Lecturer at the Department of International Development at LSE.
James Putzel is a Professor of Development Studies at LSE and a SEAC Associate.
The Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre (SEAC) is a cross-disciplinary, regionally-focused academic centre within the Institute of Global Affairs at LSE.
The LSE SEAC Research Fund is a grant available to LSE faculty and SEAC Associates to fill a gap in the available support for social science research on issues relevant to Southeast Asia. Dr Levy's project was one of six that were awarded funding from the Research Fund in February 2016.
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