Social Protection

Social Protection
Cash, Food, or Vouchers? Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Northern Ecuador

The debate over whether to provide food-assistance and the form that this assistance should take has a long history in economics. Despite the ongoing debate, little rigorous evidence exists that compares food-assistance in the form of cash versus in-kind. This paper uses a randomized evaluation to assess the impacts and cost-effectiveness of cash, food vouchers, and food transfers. All three...

The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015

The release of the 2015 SoFI coincides with the end of the monitoring period for the Millennium Development Goal targets. A total of 72 developing countries out of 129, or more than half the countries monitored, have reached the MDG 1C target to halve the proportion of people suffering from hunger. Familiar themes like economic growth and smallholder farm productivity are covered, but also the...

Malnutrition in Bangladesh: Harnessing Social Protection for the Most Vulnerable

​A report led by Save the Children and supported by the Civil Society Alliance for Scaling Up Nutrition Bangladesh, which examines country-specific links between malnutrition and social protection. In addition to looking at the basic question of 'how' social protection can address malnutrition (pg. 9), the report explores relevant pathways, includes a modified UNICEF framework showing where (e...

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

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...

School Feeding and Possibilities for Direct Purchases from Family Farming: Case Studies for Eight Countries

​This new report from FAO explores eight case studies from Central and South America and outlines the modalities, funding sources, cost, and food procurement processes for each program. The report determines that there is "a fairly marked interest from governments and various stakeholders involved in promoting local purchases," but that "efforts are needed to strengthen the institutional,...

Multi-Sectoral Guide

This World Bank report provides operational guidance to maximize the impact of investments on nutrition outcomes for women and young children. The recommendations in this document build on evidence to date on issues of malnutrition, with the aim of providing concrete guidance on how to mainstream nutrition into agriculture, social protection, and health. The document is composed of five...

Social Protection Guide

This guidance brief is a summary version of Module D of Improving Nutrition through Multisectoral Approaches and focuses on the integration of nutrition into social protection policies and programs. This brief aims to provide practical guidance for maximizing the nutrition...

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