How Effective are Cash Transfer Programmes at Improving Nutritional Status?

Reports
Sectors:
Social Protection, Nutrition
Organization:
Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre)
Author:
James Manley, Seth Gitter, and Vanya Slavchevska
Regions:
Global
Publication Dates:
July, 2012
Content Formats:
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Are conditional cash transfer programs more successful than unconditional programs at improving child health? The authors of this report reviewed the literature linking nutritional status to interventions involving cash transfers in developing countries. A systematic, but not exhaustive, search produced 30,000+ articles, from which they identified 18 studies of 15 social assistance programs that reported impacts on height for age (stunting). They found programs to diverge greatly in their effectiveness, with higher marginal effects in the most disadvantaged areas and in countries with poorer health care systems. Girls appear to benefit more than boys, while conditionalities linked to requiring work or savings behaviour can adversely affect program success.

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