Can Conditional Cash Transfers Improve Education and Nutrition Outcomes for Poor Children in Bangladesh? Evidence from a Pilot Project

Case Studies
Sectors:
Social Protection, Nutrition, Gender
Organization:
World Bank Group (WBG)
Author:
Celine Ferre and Iffath Sharif
Regions:
South Asia
Publication Dates:
October, 2014
Content Formats:
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The Shombhob ("Possible" in Bangla) pilot was introduced by the Government of Bangladesh in early 2012, targeting 15,952 families in one of the poorest divisions of Bangladesh and expanding off of previous conditional cash transfer (CCT) programs such as the Female School Stipend Program (for education) and the Maternity Voucher Scheme (for health). A number of implementation challenges including late start-up and floods in the target area may have confounded school attendance outcomes, but the authors of this impact evaluation find significant increases in spending on protein consumption and decreases in wasting (for those children aged 10 to 22 months when enrolled) for CCT recipients vs. non-recipients.

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