What Happens Once the Intervention Ends? The medium-term impacts of a cash transfer programme in Malawi

Case Studies
Sectors:
Social Protection, Education, Gender, Nutrition
Organization:
3ie
Author:
Sarah Baird, Ephraim Chriwa, et al.
Regions:
Africa
Publication Dates:
September, 2015
Content Formats:
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This report evaluates impacts of the Zomba Cash Transfer Programme (ZCTP) in Malawi two years after the programme ended. ZCTP was a relatively short program active from 2008 - 2009, which gave cash transfers to women aged 13-22 years. Some transfers were conditional on schooling, and some were unconditional. Overall, results suggest that the benefits of ZCTP did not sustain beyond the programme period, but that conditional transfers to girls who had dropped out of school positively impacted primary school completion, years of education, and marriage rates. In terms of nutrition, there were positive impacts on protein consumption at 1 and 2 years for all ZCTP beneficiaries, however the data indicates they disappeared after the program ended. The authors suggest the program may have been too short for sustained benefits in this area.​

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