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Events supporting the launch of From Evidence to Action: The Story of Cash Transfers and Impact Evaluation in Sub-Saharan Africa took place in:
Media coverage around the book included:
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On social media, all discussions from the book events can be found at: #Ev2Act.
The book is available for download here.
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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.


Journal Articles

UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti Working Papers

Conferences & Presentations

  • Tia Palermo was recently in Stockholm for several talks/presentations:
  • 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

Supporting policy dialogue to build coherence between social protection and agriculture: In Rwanda, FAO is supporting policy dialogue to build coherence between agriculture and social protection as a strategy to eradicate poverty and hunger. As part of these efforts, in November 2016, FAO held a consultative dialogue with Members of Rwanda’s Chamber of Deputies to raise awareness on the linkages between social protection and agriculture in supporting poor and vulnerable people in rural areas. Read the news article here


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