Final survey for the KALAHI-CIDSS impact evaluation

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Kapit-Bisig Laban Sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) Project was set up in 2002 to alleviate rural poverty. The project seeks to achieve this by providing resources to poor rural municipalities for investment in public goods and by reviving local institutions for people's participation in governance. KALAHI-CIDSS is targeted at the poorest 25 percent of municipalities in 42 of the poorest provinces in the Philippines. The project had a positive impact on household consumption, specifically, per capita consumption increased by about 5 percent as a result of the project. Those impacts are stronger for households that were classified as poor in 2003 and for households living in barangays that received one or more subprojects. Additional survey findings on household employment and marketing suggest how these positive impacts came about. First, the project led to a four percentage point increase in labor force participation compared to what would have happened otherwise. The project aims to achieve its poverty-reduction goals by providing resources to poor rural municipalities for investment in public goods. The project also aims to revive local institutions for people's participation in governance. The report is organized as follows. Section two provides background information on the project strategy and implementation procedures. Section three discusses the impact evaluation design. Section four presents the results, and section five conclusions.

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