Bangladesh: Can Conditional Cash Transfers Improve Nutrition? (Evidence to Practice)

Case Studies
Social Protection, Gender, Nutrition
World Bank Group (WBG)
World Bank Group (WBG)
South Asia
Resource Publication Date:
January, 2015
Content Format:

This note summarizes evaluation results of the pilot project Shombhob, which ran in two rural areas and in the slums of Narayanganj City from April 2012 through December 2013. The program conditioned cash transfers on primary school attendance, monthly growth monitoring for young children, and monthly nutrition sessions for mothers. Payments were made to mothers via electronic cash cards.

The program had no effect on school attendance, yet it significantly boosted protein consumption and other nutrition-rich foods, and reduced wasting. Based on results, the nutrition-related part of the program is being scaled up with World Bank assistance to potentially benefit 2.7 million people.

A full report on this case study is also available.

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