Can Conditional Cash Transfer Programs Play a Greater Role in Reducing Child Undernutrition?

Reports
Sectors:
Social Protection, Nutrition
Organization:
World Bank Group (WBG)
Author:
Lucy Bassett
Region:
Global
Resource Publication Date:
October, 2008
Content Format:
Text

This 2008 paper finds that there is significant potential for conditional cash transfers (CCTs) to play a greater role in reducing undernutrition where coverage of nutrition interventions is low, by encouraging groups at high risk to utilize effective nutrition services and by encouraging improved quality of these services. The paper argues that several key design modifications, such as limiting CCT eligibility to the “window of opportunity” for nutrition impact, prioritizing nutrition-related conditionalities based on best practices in nutrition, increasing attention to supply-side investments for nutrition and health services, and improving coordination with other agencies and stakeholders could allow CCTs to better contribute to eliminating child undernutrition. 

DOWNLOAD:
742.18 KB pdf