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The state of evidence on social cash transfers in Africa & beyond
Want to catch up with all the highlights from the Sixth Transfer Project Workshop? See the presentations, posters, photos, and more from #TPDakar17, held June 7-9.
Data Collection Updates
Data collection for the endline of the mixed methods Productive Social Safety Net (PSSN) Youth Evaluation in Tanzania took place from May – June, jointly with Tanzanian firm Policy Research for Development (REPOA) and with support from the UNICEF Tanzania Country Office.
Also in Tanzania, UNICEF Innocenti researchers conducted baseline data collection training and fieldwork from April – June 2017 in Mbeya and Iringa regions for a new "Cash Plus" Study. The study aims to examine the ability of a new cash plus initiative targeted to adolescents in cash transfer households, building on the livelihood enhancement component of the Tanzanian Government’s Productive Social Safety Net (PSSN). Informed by an “asset strengthening” theoretical framework which posits that youth need a combination of financial, social and health assets to safely transition to adulthood, the initiative aims to strengthen youth livelihood knowledge, sexual and reproductive health knowledge, and access to services in an effort to promote safe transitions to a productive adulthood.
UNICEF Innocenti's Audrey Pereira coordinated qualitative data collection in Ghana, in collaboration with the Navrongo Health Research Centre in May 2017. This data collection is part of an on-going project that aims to develop a simple survey instrument to measure stress among individuals in rural Sub-Saharan populations and, ultimately, to increase understanding of whether poverty alleviation programmes may reduce stress and ultimately lead to improved health and related outcomes.


Journal Articles


The economic case for the expansion of social protection programmes

Working Papers & Reports

Conferences & Presentations

  • Jenn Yablonski (UNICEF HQ) and Tia Palermo (UNICEF Innocenti) presented a webinar titled “Evidence of cash transfers on youth transitions to adulthood in Sub-Saharan Africa” to USAID missions in Eastern and Southern Africa, highlighting Transfer Project work examining the potential for cash to facilitate safe transitions to adulthood and new initiatives around cash plus in the region (Online, June 28).

  • A workshop was held in Ghana to launch the findings from the third round of a quantitative impact evaluation of the LEAP programme and midline qualitative findings from an impact evaluation of the LEAP 1000 programme. There were over 50 participants in attendance, including government, researchers and development partners (Akosombo, Ghana; May 9-10).

  • Leah Prencipe (UNICEF Innocenti) presented on HIV-sensitive social protection using cash studies on youth impacts from the Transfer Project in a webinar organized by UNICEF ESARO (Online, May 8).

Call for Papers: Social protection in contexts of fragility & forced displacement

This call for papers aims to assemble high quality papers that will increase our understanding of: 1) the role of social protection in fragile contexts and settings of forced displacement and migration; and 2) synergies across the humanitarian and development divide in both contexts. The aim is to assemble 8 - 10 papers of sufficient quality to be jointly submitted for a special issue to the Journal of Development Studies, or featured in an edited book.

Upcoming deadline to submit extended abstract to Guest Editors (proposed length of 1,000 words) by email:  - 15 July 2017

For more information and additional deadlines, please see the UNICEF Innocenti news article.


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