The Livelihood Empowerment against Poverty (LEAP) program provides cash and health insurance to extremely poor households in Ghana to encourage long-term development. It is the flagship program of Ghana’s National Protection Strategy and is overseen and implemented by the Department of Social Welfare (DSW) and the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection (MoGCSP). The initial trial phase for LEAP began in 2008, and then the program gradually expanded in 2009 and 2010. By early 2015 the program was active across Ghana and reached over 90,000 households.
In 2015-2017 a pilot program called LEAP 1000 expanded eligibility criteria for the LEAP program, focusing on households with mothers and infants during the infants’ first 1000 days of life. It was aimed at improving infant nutrition and preventing stunting. The pilot focused on an initial 6,000 households in 10 districts that received bi-monthly cash transfers. This dataset covers the impact evaluation of this pilot phase.
The data files within this dataset have been approved for public release by all partners, including the government of Ghana. They are restricted due to the potential for deductive disclosure. To access please fill out an application on the CPC Data Portal. Once an application is approved data will be available to download from the UNC Dataverse. Documentation includes data use instructions and the original questionnaires used during data collection.
To learn more about the study see the Ghana country page.
To apply for access to data please follow this link to the Transfer Project’s CPC Data Portal page.