South Africa


Cash transfer programSouth Africa's Child Support Grant (CSG)

Year Programme Began: 1998
Implementing Ministry: Department of Social Development
Target Group: Poor children
Conditions: None
Approximate Reach (as of 2015): 11 million children

South Africa has evolved one of the most comprehensive social protection systems in the developing world. The Child Support Grant (CSG) is the largest social protection program in Africa, providing unconditional cash transfers to children living in households below a poverty threshold. Policy reforms have progressively expanded the reach and impact of the CSG, increasing the age limit for eligibility from seven to eighteen years, raising the income threshold to more effectively reach all poor children, and adjusting benefit levels for inflation and to improve both social equity and economic impacts. The CSG now reaches over 10 million children each month.