RECENT NEWS & ACTIVITIES
- New York, September 22: 8th Social Protection Inter-agency Cooperation Board (SPIAC-B) Meeting
- Johannesburg, November 15: Mail & Guardian “Critical Thinking Forum”
- Maseru, November 17: Lesotho Country Launch
- Brussels, December 15: European Commission InfoPoint Lunchtime Conference
- Other strategic cities (in development for 2017)
- Mail & Guardian - Special Report on Social Protection, with focus stories on: Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi and Zambia, as well as the book's foreword and an interview with Benjamin Davis (FAO) and Ashu Handa (UNC/UNICEF Innocenti)
- Christian Science Monitor - To fight poverty in Africa, a new-old solution: cash handouts
- Radio France International - Afrique du sud: le «transfert monétaire» pour lutter contre la pauvreté
Data Collection Updates
- In Tanzania, a new multi-country pilot study was initiated to develop a short survey module to measure self-perceived stress in the Transfer Project study population. Improved measurement of self-perceived stress could help to better understand the pathways through which cash transfers affect well-being and other outcomes. The first wave of data collection and a training for this pilot study was prepared by Jacob de Hoop and Leah Prencipe in Dar es Salaam, November 8 - 12.
- Valeria Groppo (PhD in Economics), joined the UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti in November 2016. Valeria is contributing to assessing the impact of cash transfers in Sub-Saharan Africa on children’s schooling outcomes and participation in child labour. In particular, she is working on the collection and analysis of new data on children’s schooling and work in Tanzania. She is also supporting the preparation of a mixed-method paper examining the effects of Malawi’s Social Cash Transfer Programme (SCTP) on children’s participation in economic activities and household chores.
- Rock A, Barrington C, Abdoulayi S, Tsoka M, Mvula P, Handa, S. (December 2016). Social networks, social participation, and health among youth living in extreme poverty in rural Malawi. Social Science & Medicine, Vol 170, pgs 55–62.
UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti Working Papers
- Barrientos A, Abdulai A-G, Demirag D, de Groot R, Ragno LP. (2016). Why Assist People Living in Poverty? The ethics of poverty reduction, Innocenti Working Paper no. 27, UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti, Florence.
Conferences & Presentations
- Tia Palermo was recently in Stockholm for several talks/presentations:
- 2 brownbag meetings at Sida: 1) Resiliency, Gender and Spillover Effects of Cash Transfers and 2) Sexual and Reproductive Health (December 14). More in this Sida news story (in Swedish)
- Presentation at ABF (Arbetarnas Bildningsförbund - the Workers’ Educational Association) to “Pensioners Without Borders” on how the elderly benefit from social cash transfers in Sub-Saharan Africa (December 14)
- Presentation at the Social Protection Action Research Knowledge Sharing network (SPARKS) meeting, a joint World Health Organization (WHO)-London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)-Karolinska Institutet initiative aiming to establish global, interdisciplinary research network that will facilitate action-oriented research on the public health impact of social protection (December 14-15)
- Amber Peterman and Luisa Natali participated in the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) bi-annual conference and led a training workshop for PhD students on impact evaluation (theory and application) using case studies from the Transfer Project (Dakar, December 7-9).
- Ghanaian research partner, the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) presented preliminary findings of the LEAP impact evaluation, during a "Social Protection Dialogue" series. The impact evaluation assesses the impacts of LEAP after six years in operation; the final report is expected to be completed at the end of March 2017 (Accra, November 21). More in this news article.
- Tia Palermo and Leah Prencipe presented baseline findings from the Transfer Project’s Impact Evaluation of the Tanzanian Conditional Cash Transfer (TASAF III/PSSN) on Youth Well-being and the Transition to Adulthood to Government, Development Partners and Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF) at Baseline Dissemination Workshop (Dar es Salaam, October 21).
- Infographic: Cash transfers: Myths vs. Reality
Does cash make people lazy? Or will it increase fertility? In a new infographic, common myths around giving cash are disputed through rigorous evidence collected through Transfer Project research. Download it here
- Video: LEAP 1000 aims to use unconditional cash transfers to reduce child malnutrition in Northern Ghana. This second video on the project documents the community outreach efforts which are critical to social protection programmes. It also discusses the role of impact evaluation and qualitative data gathering in measuring the role that cash transfers play in reducing infant malnutrition. Watch it here
- Podcast: Tia Palermo explains the benefits of cash transfers and their impact on adolescent and youth well-being in a new UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti podcast
From our partners
Brief: Social Protection in the Sahel and West Africa: Strengthening resilience for food security and nutrition
LATEST BLOGS, INTERVIEWS & OP-EDs
- Food for thought on measuring child food insecurity, Audrey Pereira, December 2016
- Making research count: Lessons on turning evidence into action from the Transfer Project on UNICEF Connect; Re-posted on BetterEvaluation, Amber Peterman & Nikola Balvin, November 2016
- Turning cash into goats: the cash transfer effect in Tanzania, Leah Prencipe, October 2016
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