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Evaluating the Asset Transfer Model in Facilitating Sustainable Livelihoods in Rural Malawi

Ellen Fitzpatrick and Sedef Akgüngör

ECONOMIA AGRO-ALIMENTARE, 2019, vol. 21, issue 1, 129-152

Abstract: The aim of the study is to examine whether an asset transfer and capabilities development intervention has made a significant and sustained impact on the social capital and livelihoods of the participants. We use a quasi-experimental design to assess changes in net income and social capital. To test the influence of social capital on livelihoods, we use regression analysis. Social network analysis is applied to quantify social capital. Net income is compared to a living income benchmark at the beginning, end and then again, three years post project. The results demonstrate not only a significant change in net income but that net income exceeds the living income benchmark post project. There is also a statistical evidence of the positive impact of social capital on the livelihoods of the participants. These results provide strong evidence of improved livelihoods and sustainability.

JEL-codes: Q01 Q15 Q18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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