The Cash Dividend: The Rise of Cash Transfer Programs in Sub-Saharan Africa, a new book soon to be released by the World Bank, assimilates results of a thorough review of the recent use of cash transfer programs in Sub-Saharan Africa. It paints a picture of the evolution and current state of cash transfers, which include unconditional and conditional cash transfers and emergency- and development-focused transfers, and describes broad trends in design features and implementation, including objectives, targeting, benefits, payment mechanisms, conditions, monitoring, evaluation, institutional location, program costs, and more. It also addresses political economy issues relevant to cash transfer programs, discusses the challenges to implementing cash transfer programs in Sub-Saharan Africa, and highlights lessons learned from existing African cash transfer programs. The comprehensive nature of the review, and its thorough analysis of previously unassimilated data, fills a gap in knowledge related to cash transfer programs in the region. To pre-order the book, click here.