Social Protection

Social Protection
Cash for Care: Making Social Protection Work for Children's Care and Well-being

This research report focuses on social protection and children’s care in government-implemented programs in Ghana, Rwanda, and South Africa. Results suggest that cash transfer programs can support better quality care for children—a key component of good nutrition—including family reunification and continued parental care, which leads to better material...

Using Cash Cards to Make Better Nutrition Choices in Bangladesh

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...

How to Target Households in Adaptive Social Protection Systems? Relative Efficiency of Proxy Means Test and Household Economy Analysis in Niger

This study compares the effectiveness of Household Economy Analysis (HEA) and Proxy Means Test (PMT) in targeting households that are poor and vulnerable to poverty in Niger. The HEA targeting method used in Niger was specifically developed to identify food insecure households in response to crises (with no specific measurable welfare defined). By contrast, the PMT in Niger was developed to...

Series Summary: Nutrition and Social Protection

The World Bank and other development stakeholders have well described the theoretical foundation for nutrition-sensitive social protection interventions.[1] Evidence demonstrates that strategic deployment of key levers can maximize impact on nutrition outcomes, which is a crucial factor for improving long-term child development....

Leveraging Social Protection Programs for Improved Nutrition : Report on the Proceedings of the Global Forum on Nutrition-Sensitive Social Protection Programs, 2015

This report contains practical summaries of all sessions and round-table discussions during the Global Forum on Nutrition-Sensitive Social Protection Programs. It also distils major lessons, opportunities, and remaining challenges in the are of nutrition-sensitive social...

Impact of Cash Transfer Programs on Food Security and Nutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Cross-country Analysis

Jointly written by experts coming from different agencies including the ILO, UNICEF, and FAO, among others, this paper explores the extent to which government-run cash transfer programs in four sub-Saharan countries (Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, and Zambia) affect food security and nutrition outcomes. The cross-country analysis highlights the importance of robust program design and implementation to...

The Role of Information and Cash Transfers on Early Childhood Development: Evidence from Nepal

This working paper evaluates a program implemented in Nepal that provided information on best practices regarding child care together with the delivery of cash to families in extremely poor areas with pregnant mothers and/or children below the age of two. The authors found significant and sizable impacts of the information plus cash intervention on maternal knowledge, behavior, child...

Leveraging Social Protection Programs for Improved Nutrition: Compendium of Case Studies

SecureNutrition developed this compendium of nutrition-sensitive social protection case studies with funding from the Russian Federation. The compendium is intended to augment the World Bank Group's guidance on improving nutrition through multisectoral approaches and inform ongoing and future efforts to improve nutrition outcomes through investments in the social protection sector.

This...

Tools for Intersectoral Coordination – How to Integrate Social Policies in Conditional Cash Transfer Programs

Webinar - the second installment in the series The Brazilian Experience of Social Protection Programmes will focus on strategies and tools that help to reach intersectoral coordination, the management of conditionalities, and how Brazil has faced its poverty issue while acting on multiple fronts. The webinar is organized by the Brazil Learning Initiative for a World Without Poverty (...

Cash Transfers: What Does the Evidence Say?

This Overseas Development Institute review retrieves, assesses, and synthesizes the evidence of the effects of cash transfers on individuals and households through a rigorous review of literature published between 2000 and 2015. 

It addresses three areas: (1) impact of cash transfers on individual- or household-level outcomes such as poverty, education, health, and nutrition; (2) links...

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