Social Cash Transfers and Children's Outcomes: A review of evidence from Africa

Case Studies
Sectors:
Social Protection, Child Development, Nutrition
Organization:
UNICEF
Author:
UNICEF
Region:
Africa
Resource Publication Date:
December, 2015
Content Format:
Text

Commissioned by UNICEF's Eastern and Southern African Office, this report on cash transfers includes the following key message: "Impacts on food consumption can be expected if the value of the transfers is between 15 and 20 percent of household food consumption." A four-page section covers nutrition and related topics, including notes on monitoring, program duration, targeting, complementary initiatives, and a table reviewing social protection and consumption in five UNICEF country programs. A notable operational lesson is that irregular payment schedules impacted positive outcomes for consumption. Additional tables in sections on health and early childhood development reveal some reduction of illness as a result of transfer programs.

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