How to Make ‘Cash Plus’ Work: Linking Cash Transfers to Services and Sectors

Social Protection, Nutrition, Health, Education
UNICEF Innocenti Office of Research
Keetie Roelen, Stephen Devereux, Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai, et al.
Resource Publication Date:
September, 2017
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The paper sheds some light on the key factors for successfully implementing so-called ‘cash plus’ initiatives, which combine cash transfers (CTs) with one or more types of complementary support to enhance impacts on nutrition, learning outcomes, and morbidity. After reviewing the emerging evidence base and examining three case studies (Chile Solidario in Chile, IN-SCT in Ethiopia, and LEAP in Ghana), the report authors conclude that ‘cash plus’ initiatives have addressed some of the non-financial and structural barriers that poor people face, making access to services more pro-poor through explicit efforts to include the most marginalized. Effective implementation of ‘cash plus’ programs requires political champions advocating in favor of social protection and ‘cash plus’ programs, the availability of a skilled workforce, the use of case management, and greater investments in the quality of provided services, among other factors.

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