Latest Publications

The Malawi Cash Transfer Evaluation Team. (2017). Malawi's Social Cash Transfer Programme: A comprehensive summary of impacts. Transfer Project Research Brief 2017-03. Chapel Hill, NC: Carolina Population Center, UNC-Chapel Hill.

Natali L. (2017). The transformative impacts of unconditional cash transfers: evidence from two government programmes in Zambia. Innocenti Research Brief 2017-20. UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti, Florence, Italy.

UNICEF Ethiopia. (2017). Cash plus in practice: integrating nutrition and access to services in the PSNP in Ethiopia. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Peterman A, Yablonski J and Daidone S. (2017). Myth-busting? How research is refuting common perceptions about unconditional cash transfers. Transfer Project Research Brief 2017-02. Chapel Hill, NC: Carolina Population Center, UNC-Chapel Hill.

Pereira A. (2016). Cash Transfers Improve the Mental Health and Well-being of Youth: Evidence from the Kenyan Cash Transfer for Orphans and Vulnerable ChildrenInnocenti Research Briefs no. 2016-02, UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti, Florence.

Pereira A. (2016). Prevention, protection, and production: Evidence from the Zambian child grant programme. Transfer Project Research Brief 2016-07. Chapel Hill, NC: Carolina Population Center, UNC-Chapel Hill.

Hjelm L and Palermo T. (2016). The Zambian government unconditional social cash transfer programme does not increase fertility. Transfer Project Research Brief 2016-06. Chapel Hill, NC: Carolina Population Center, UNC-Chapel Hill.

Palermo T and Hjelm L. (2016). Unconditional government social cash transfers in Africa do not increase fertility. Transfer Project Research Brief 2016-02. Chapel Hill, NC: Carolina Population Center, UNC-Chapel Hill.

Pereira A. and Peterman A. (2015). Social cash transfers, early pregnancy and marriage in the Kenyan national cash transfer programme. UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti Research Brief, Florence.

The Transfer Project Team. (2013).  Kenya Cash Transfer Program Delays Sexual Debut Among Young People Age 15-25. Transfer Project Research Brief 2013-03. Chapel Hill, NC: Carolina Population Center, UNC-Chapel Hill.

Palermo T. (2015). Measuring Health and Well-being of Young People in the Transfer Project. Transfer Project Research Brief 2015-03. Chapel Hill, NC: Carolina Population Center, UNC-Chapel Hill.

EPRI/ UNICEF. (2015). Social Protection Programmes Contribute to HIV Prevention

Davis B and Handa S. (2014). The broad range of cash transfer impacts in sub-Saharan Africa: Consumption, Human Capital and Productive Activity. Transfer Project Research Brief. Chapel Hill, NC: Carolina Population Center, UNC-Chapel Hill.

The Transfer Project Team. (2013).  Kenya Cash Transfer Program Delays Sexual Debut Among Young People Age 15-25. Transfer Project Research Brief 2013-03. Chapel Hill, NC: Carolina Population Center, UNC-Chapel Hill.

Dake F, Natali L, Angeles G, de Hoop J, Handa S and Peterman A on behalf of the Malawi Cash Transfer Evaluation Team and the Zambia Cash Transfer Evaluation Team. (2018). Cash Transfers, Early Marriage, and Fertility in Malawi and Zambia.Studies in Family Planning, 49(4): 295-317.

Kilburn K, Prencipe L, Hjelm L, Peterman A, Handa S and Palermo T. (2018). Examination of performance of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale Short Form 10 among African youth in poor, rural householdsBMC Psychiatry, 18(201).

Natali L, Handa S, Peterman A, Seidenfeld D and Tembo G on behalf of the Zambia Cash Transfer Evaluation Team. (2018). Does money buy happiness? Evidence from an unconditional cash transfer in Zambia. SSM – Population Health, 4: 225 – 235.

Kilburn K, Handa S, Angeles G, Tsoka M and Mvula P. (2018). Paying for Happiness: Experimental Results from a Large Cash Transfer Program in Malawi. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 37(2): 331-356.

Zietz S, de Hoop J and Handa S. (2018). The role of productive activities in the lives of adolescents: Photovoice evidence from Malawi. Children and Youth Services Review, 86: 246-255.

Brugh K, Angeles G, Mvula P, Tsoka M and Handa S. (2017). Impacts of the Malawi social cash transfer program on household food and nutrition security. Food Policy0: 1-14.

de Groot R, Palermo T, Handa S, Ragno LP and Peterman A. (2017). Cash transfers and child nutrition: Pathways and impactsDevelopment Policy Review35: 621-643.

Heinrich C, Hoddinott J and Samson M. (2017). Reducing Adolescent Risky Behaviors in a High-Risk Context: The Effects of Unconditional Cash Transfers in South Africa. Economic Development and Cultural Change, 65(4).

Hjelm L, Handa S, de Hoop J and Palermo T, on behalf of the Zambia CGP and MCP Evaluation Teams. (2017). Poverty and perceived stress: Evidence from two unconditional cash transfer programs in ZambiaSocial Science and Medicine, 117: 110-117.

Rock A, Barrington C, Abdoulayi S, Tsoka M, Mvula P and Handa S. (2016). Social networks, social participation, and health among youth living in extreme poverty in rural MalawiSocial Science & Medicine, 170: 55–62.

Attah R, Barca V, Kardan K, MacAuslan I, Merttens F and Pellerano L. (2016). Can Social Protection Affect Psychosocial Wellbeing and Why Does This Matter? Lessons from Cash Transfers in Sub-Saharan AfricaThe Journal of Development Studies, 52(8).

Palermo T, Handa S, Peterman A, Prencipe L and Seidenfeld D, on behalf of the Zambia CGP Evaluation Team (2016). Unconditional government social cash transfer in Africa does not increase fertility, Journal of Population Economics, 29(4): 1083–1111

Abay K and Hirvonen K. (2016). Does Market Access Mitigate the Impact of Seasonality on Child Growth? Panel Data Evidence from Northern EthiopiaThe Journal of Development Studies: 1414-1429.

Handa S, Palermo T, Rosenberg M, Pettifor A, Tucker Halpern C and Thirumurthy H. (2016). How does a national poverty program influence sexual debut among Kenyan adolescents? Global Public Health, 5: 617-638.

Kilburn K, Thirumurthy H, Halpern CT, Pettifor A and Handa S. (2016). Effects of a large-scale Unconditional Cash Transfer Program on Mental Health Outcomes of Young People in Kenya, Journal of Adolescent Health, 58(2): 223-229.

Handa S, Seidenfeld D, David B, Tembo G and the Zambia Cash Transfer Evaluation Team. (2015). The Social and Economic Impacts of Zambia's Child Grant Program, Journal of Policy Analysis & Management, 35 (2): 357-387

Handa S, Peterman A, Huang C, Halpern C, Pettifor A and Thirumurthy H. (2015). Impact of the Kenya Cash Transfer for Orphans and Vulnerable Children on early pregnancy and marriage of adolescent girls, Social Science & Medicine141: 36-45.

Handa S, Peterman A, Seidenfeld D and Tembo G. (2015). Income transfers and maternal health: Evidence from a national randomized social cash transfer program in Zambia, Health Economics 25(2): 225-236.

Rosenberg M, Pettifor A, Thirumurthy H, Halpern CT and Handa S. (2014). The Impact of a National Poverty Reduction Program on the Characteristics of Sex Partners Among Kenyan AdolescentsAIDS and Behavior, 18(2): 311-316.

Luseno WK, Singh K, Handa S and Suchindran C. (2013). A multilevel analysis of the effect of Malawi’s Social Cash Transfer Pilot Scheme on school-age children’s health. Health Policy and Planning 29(4): 421 - 432.

Davis B, Gaarder M, Handa S and Yablonski J. (2012). Evaluating the impact of cash transfer programmes in sub-Saharan Africa: an introduction to the special issueJournal of Development Effectiveness 4(1): 1-8.

Chakrarbarti A, Handa S, Natali L, Seidenfeld D, Tembo G. (2019). Cash Transfers & Child Nutrition in Zambia. Innocenti Working Papers no. 2019-01, UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti, Florence.

Carraro A and Ferrone L. (2019). Feed Thy Neighbour: how Social Ties shape Spillover Effects of Cash Transfers on Food Security and Nutrition. Working Paper N.21/2019, DISEI, Universit`a degli Studi di Firenze.

Buller AM, Peterman A, Ranganathan M, Bleile A, Hidrobo M and Heise l. (2018). A mixed-method review of cash transfers and intimate partner violence in low and middle income countries. Innocenti Working Paper 2018-02. UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti. Florence, Italy.

de Groot R, Handa S, Ragno LP and Spadafora T. (2017). Child malnutrition, consumption growth, maternal care and price shocks: new evidence from Northern Ghana. UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti Working Paper WP-2017-01. Florence, Italy.

Hirvonen K, Bossuyt A and Pigois R. (2017). Complementarities between social protection and health sector policies: evidence from productive safety net program in Ethiopia. IFPRI Strategy Support Program Working Paper 112.

Kilburn K, Handa S, Angeles G, Mvula P and Tsoka M. (2016). Happiness and Alleviation of Income Poverty: Impacts of an unconditional cash transfer programme using a subjective well-being approachInnocenti Working Papers no. 2016-23, UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti, Florence.

Palermo T, Handa S, Peterman A, Prencipe L and Seidenfeld D for Zambia CGP Evaluation Team. (2015). Unconditional Government Social Cash Transfer in Africa Does not Increase Fertility, Innocenti Working Papers no. 2015-09, UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti, Florence.

de Groot R, Palermo T, Handa S, Ragno LP and Peterman A. (2015). Cash Transfers and Child Nutrition: What we know and what we need to know, Innocenti Working Papers no. 2015-07, UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti, Florence.

Handa S, Seidenfeld D, Davis B, Tembo G and the Zambia Cash Transfer Evaluation Team (2014). Are Cash Transfers a Silver Bullet? Evidence from the Zambian Child GrantInnocenti Working Papers No. 2014-08, UNICEF Office of Research, Florence.

Handa S, Martorano B, Halpern C, Pettifor A and Thirumurthy H. (2014). Subjective Well-being, Risk Perceptions and Time Discounting: Evidence from a large-scale cash transfer programmeInnocenti Working Papers No. 2014-02, UNICEF Office of Research, Florence.

Marriage, Fertility, and HIV Prevention: Have Our High Hopes for Cash Transfer Programmes and Adolescent Girls been Dashed? Tia Palermo, UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti, December 2015

Mental health: Improving youth transition to adulthood with cash transfers Kelly Kilburn, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, November 2015

Giving girls a chance Michelle Mills, UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti, August 2015