The Impact of Cash Transfers on Nutrition in Emergency and Transitional Contexts: a Review of Evidence

Reports
Sectors:
Nutrition, Social Protection
Organization:
Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
Author:
Sarah Bailey, Kerren Hedlund
Regions:
Global
Publication Dates:
January, 2012
Content Formats:
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This paper from ODI examines the immediate and underlying causes of malnutrition and how cash transfers may address them. There is a temptation to conclude that the lack of ‘hard’ evidence on nutrition outcomes means that we need more. The authors stress, however, that this is only partly true. Evidence on nutrition outcomes are difficult and costly to obtain, and also risk having limited applicability in contexts outside of where evidence collection takes place. At the same time, there is already a fair amount of evidence for decision-making. This paper identifies ways forward on the question of whether and how cash transfers impact nutrition, with insights for the donors that fund such efforts and the aid agencies that design them.

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