Using Cash Cards to Make Better Nutrition Choices in Bangladesh

Nutrition, Social Protection
World Bank Group (WBG)
South Asia Food and Nutrition Security Initiative (SAFANSI)
South Asia
Resource Publication Date:
October, 2015
Content Format:

This 4-page brief draws on an impact assessment of a conditional cash transfer pilot in Bangladesh under the name ‘Shombhob’, working through local governments and financed by the South Asia Food and Nutrition Security Initiative (SAFANSI). The pilot shows a positive impact on the welfare of extremely poor households as well as household consumption patterns towards more proteins for households who received a nutrition allowance. The process assessment and the results from the impact evaluation suggest that household behavior that can help in improving child nutrition outcomes when cash transfers are conditioned on child growth monitoring and when the program is well tailored to context.

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