Gbenga (‘Gbemiga’) Akinlolu ShadarePhoto of Gbenga Shadare

Address: Department of Sociological Studies, Faculty of Social Science, University of Sheffield

Status: PhD Student/Doctoral Researcher

MA (University of Nottingham); MBA; BA (Hons); Associate, Institute of Certified Fraud Examiners

email : gashadare1@sheffield.ac.uk

Thesis title / scope of research

‘Citizens' perceptions and attitudes towards conditional cash transfers in Nigeria’

Research on social protection programmes, especially conditional cash transfers (CCTs) continues to expand. With that development, CCTs have grown in popularity in many developing countries of Latin America, Asia and Africa. With their popularity has emerged a growing body of scholarship focusing on impact evaluations of social transfer programmes. However, academic literature mostly based on quantitative research highlighted positive short-term effects of CCTs on consumption levels, school attendance and health indicators whilst qualitative research underscored adverse effects of conditionality and targeting on beneficiaries. Despite these advances in research, there are still crucial areas where research on CCTs - and therefore, our knowledge - especially in the critical area of public perception towards CCTs, is lacking. Presently, there is paucity of research exploring citizens' perceptions and community attitudes of government-administered conditional cash transfer programmes in Nigeria. This thesis will investigate how perceptions towards cash transfers are constructed and moderated by beneficiaries and contextual factors. Understanding and identifying community attitudes and beneficiaries’ perspectives and perceptions of the Nigerian CCT programmes and how their use of the transfers has affected their lives including their suggestions on how to improve the programme, will give this study an edge in significantly contributing to literature social protection in Nigeria generally and towards social transfer programmes in particular. Evaluating beneficiaries and communities' views/perceptions could be useful for monitoring and evaluation processes. Significantly, a case study of existing conditional cash transfers (CCTs) in Nigeria will enrich our understanding of the views, and needs of those whom social transfers schemes were designed to assist. It is hoped that it will contribute to literature on enhancing the effectiveness of poverty reduction interventions by designing social protection programmes that can transform the social relations that underpin and exacerbate poverty, vulnerability and social exclusion.

My research also hopes to contribute fresh insights into how public attitudes towards social protection are shaped and moderated by conditional cash transfers (CCTS), and critically, by investigating perceptions, I hope to unpack community attitudes to highlight the collective perceptions and perspectives of beneficiaries and community members. By so doing, I hope to contribute to the growing literature on CCTs in developing countries. Consequently, my research intends to fill some critical lacuna which should also engender further future research into social protection in Nigeria.

Supervisor(s)

  • Professor Alan Walker
  • Professor Sue White

Research interests

Global social policy; comparative social policy; International political economy, Resource curse in development; The policy process; Welfare regimes and regimes; welfare state development; public policy and administration.

Other experience

Coordinator, West African Postgraduate Research Group (WAPORG)

Co-convenor/Coordinator, The All African Postgraduate Research Network Group (AAPoRG)

Co-convenor/Coordinator, AFRICA@SHEFFIELD

Convener - The first ever Anti-Fraud Conference in Nigeria held in 2004. Also worked as researcher for ‘The Anti - Fraud Foundation Nigeria’. Took part in the overhauling of the Nigerian Payments System.

Publications

Public Procurement as a social policy tool in Nigeria - using government contracting and purchasing to achieve social outcomes - Unpublished Dissertation