Project Overview

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The Transfer Project is a multi-country research initiative to provide rigorous evidence on the impact of large-scale national cash transfer programmes in sub-Saharan Africa. It is made up by a community of research, donor and implementing partners who focus on coordination in efforts and uptake of results. The project provides technical assistance in the design, implementation and analysis of government programmes in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Programmes are nationally owned and implemented by each government, and there is focus on dissemination of results to national stakeholders, as well as regional workshops to allow for cross-country learning and capacity building.

Since its establishment in 2008, the Transfer Project has been collecting a substantial amount of evidence on the multitude of impacts of cash transfers in sub-Saharan Africa. Many governments are scaling-up their programmes, and thus policy and implementation questions are changing. Through this project, policymakers, researchers and programme implementers have the opportunity to share their experiences, address similar challenges and share the latest research and lessons learned.

The Transfer Project has recognized from its inception the centrality of facilitating learning with a wide range of actors in order to achieve its goal of informing better design and implementation of social transfer programmes. All project partners are committed to the importance of this project as a public good and to the promotion of broad learning in the region, and beyond. In order meet this objective, the project engages with policymakers and processes at national, regional and international level on an ongoing basis – not only to share findings of the research, but also to ensure that stakeholders’ priority questions inform the formulation of research questions and that the research results flow back to inform design and implementation of social transfer programmes.



  • A stronger evidence base to inform better design and implementation of social transfer programmes implemented by national governments in sub-Saharan Africa to reduce childhood poverty.


  • To provide evidence on the effectiveness of social transfer programmes in achieving impacts for children and households

  • To inform the development, design and implementation of national social transfer policy and programmes based on evidence, through engagement with governments, donors and civil society

  • To promote learning across the continent on social transfers programme implementation, and research and evaluation


Participation in the networking and learning component of the Transfer Project is open to all countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

See Countries & Programmes for more information.