Between 8 and 20% of the households across Latin-America, the Caribbean, and Africa receive conditional or unconditional cash transfers, which account for around 0.3 and 0.4 % of the GDP (WB, 2018; CEPAL, 2017; IDB, 2017). Many of these recipients live in rural areas and, therefore, are eligible to receive rural development programs.

The households treated by both types of interventions – Social Protection (SP) and Rural Development (RD) – can find different ways to administer their resources and exploit the potential interactions between them. By identifying these synergies and complementarities, and the way households make use of them, the Project provides important information that can contribute to the scaling up of the interventions and improve their efficiency in reducing rural poverty and food shortages.


The Rural synergies project has the objective of generating policy recommendations to inform the governmental institutions related to rural development and social protection about how to take advantage of the synergies between these types of interventions. Specifically, the objectives of the Project are:

Centre for Economic Development Studies (CEDE) – Universidad de Los Andes The Centre for Economic Development Studies (CEDE) of the Economics faculty of the Universidad de Los Andes (UNIDADES) is one of the first and primary research and economic and social consulting centers in Colombia. It’s known for the quality and innovation of its research the high quality of its research team, and its impact on public policy in Colombia and the region.

The CEDE leads and coordinates the Rural Synergies project. Also, carry out the two case studies in Colombia.

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IFAD The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is an international financial institution and a specialized agency of the United Nations dedicated to eradicating poverty and hunger in rural areas of developing countries.

 IFAD finances the Project.

FAO the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.
Its goal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. With over 194 member states, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide. We believe that everyone can play a part in ending hunger.

FAO leads and carries out the African cases and gives technical support to the Project.

RIMISP Centro Latino Americano para el Desarrollo Rural, is a network that generates and systematizes knowledge, with the aim of understanding the transformations of the rural world and contributing to the formulation of improved strategies and policies for a sustainable and inclusive development.

Rimisp leads and carry out the Mexican case and gives technical support about Institutional Analysis to the Project.

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