This paper analyses the differences in the economic impacts of social
cash transfers (SCT) on recipients in remote and integrated areas. Using
a mixed methods-research design and the case of Uganda's Senior Citizens
Grant (SCG), the paper confirms that structural circumstances (such as
market access) shape the economic outcomes of cash transfers for
recipients. The findings of our case study show that there are vital
differences in the dominant function of the SCG between recipient
households living in areas with unequal structural circumstances.
Recipient households in integrated areas are more likely to exploit the
promotive potential of SCTs, while recipient households in remote areas
utilise the SCT in a more protective manner. However, the findings also
indicate that at times even recipient households in integrated areas are
unable to tap into the promotive potential of SCTs given the limitations
associated with their age and fragility.
Keywords: Cash transfers, social pension, market access, livelihood outcomes, Uganda
JEL Classification: H53, H55, I38