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Evidence suggests that cash transfer recipients increase their food-related expenditures and improve their dietary diversity. Recipients may also increase their health service utilization and be discouraged from risky behaviors such as alcohol consumption and unprotected sexual activity, potentially contributing to reduced HIV incidence.

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Type Title Country(s) Year Citation
Journal Article Do Conditional Cash Transfers Improve Mental Health? Evidence From Tanzania’s Governmental Social Protection Program Tanzania 2021

Prencipe, L., Houweling, T., van Lenthe, F., Palermo, T. (2021). “Do Conditional Cash Transfers Improve Mental Health? Evidence From Tanzania’s Governmental Social Protection Program”, Journal of Adolescent Health, ISSN 1054-139X, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2021.04.033.

Journal Article More Evidence on the Impact of Government Social Protection in Sub Saharan Africa: Ghana, Malawi and Zimbabwe Ghana; Malawi; Zimbabwe 2021

Handa, S., Otchere, F., Sirma, P. and (2021), More Evidence on the Impact of Government Social Protection in Sub Saharan Africa: Ghana, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Dev Policy Rev. Accepted Author Manuscript. https://doi.org/10.1111/dpr.12576

Journal Article Effects of a large-scale Unconditional Cash Transfer Program on Mental Health Outcomes of Young People in Kenya Kenya 2016

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.

Journal Article 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 issue.Journal of Development Effectiveness 4(1): 1-8. 2012 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 issue.Journal of Development Effectiveness 4(1): 1-8.
Working and Position Papers Handa S, Martorano B, Halpern C, Pettifor A andThirumurthy H. (2014).Subjective Well-being, Risk Perceptions and Time Discounting: Evidence from a large-scale cash transfer programme,Innocenti Working PapersNo. 2014-02, UNICEF Office of Research, Florence. 2014 Handa S, Martorano B, Halpern C, Pettifor A andThirumurthy H. (2014).Subjective Well-being, Risk Perceptions and Time Discounting: Evidence from a large-scale cash transfer programme,Innocenti Working PapersNo. 2014-02, UNICEF Office of Research, Florence.
Blog Mental health: Improving youth transition to adulthood with cash transfersKelly Kilburn, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, November 2015 2015 Mental health: Improving youth transition to adulthood with cash transfersKelly Kilburn, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, November 2015
Blog Marriage, Fertility, and HIV Prevention: Have Our High Hopes for Cash Transfer Programmes and Adolescent Girls been Dashed? 2015

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.

Blog Giving girls a chance 2015

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

Journal Article Cash Transfers and Child Nutrition in Zambia Zambia 2020

Transfer Project (2020). Cash Transfers and Child Nutrition in Zambia. Carolina Population Center, Chapel Hill, NC, USA.

Journal Article More evidence on the relationship between cash transfers and child height Zambia 2020

Chakrabarti A, Handa S, Natali L, Seidenfeld D, & Tembo G.(2020).More evidence on the relationship between cash transfers and child height,Journal of Development Effectiveness,DOI:10.1080/19439342.2020.1731568

Journal Article Does money buy happiness? Evidence from an unconditional cash transfer in Zambia Zambia 2016

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.

Journal Article Poverty and perceived stress: Evidence from two unconditional cash transfer programs in Zambia Zambia 2017

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 Zambia.Social Science and Medicine, 117: 110-117.

Journal Article Income transfers and maternal health: Evidence from a national randomized social cash transfer program in Zambia Zambia 2015

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.

Working and Position Paper Cash Transfers & Child Nutrition in Zambia Zambia 2019

Chakrabarti 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.

Working and Position Paper Unconditional Government Social Cash Transfer in Africa Does not Increase Fertility Zambia 2015

Palermo T, Handa S, Peterman A, Prencipe L, 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, Florence.

Working and Position Paper Are Cash Transfers a Silver Bullet? Evidence from the Zambian Child Grant Zambia 2014

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 Grant. Innocenti Working Papers No. 2014-08, UNICEF Office of Research, Florence.

Brief Prevention, protection, and production: Evidence from the Zambian child grant programme Zambia 2016

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.

Brief The Zambian government unconditional social cash transfer programme does not increase fertility Zambia 2016

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.

Brief Unconditional government social cash transfers in Africa do not increase fertility Kenya; Malawi; Zambia 2016

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.

Brief Social cash transfers, early pregnancy and marriage in the Kenyan national cash transfer programme Kenya 2015

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 2015-05, Florence.

Brief Measuring Health and Well-being of Young People in the Transfer Project Kenya; Malawi; Zambia; Zimbabwe 2015

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

Brief Social Protection Programmes Contribute to HIV Prevention Kenya; Malawi; South Africa; Zimbabwe 2015

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

Working and Position Paper Feed Thy Neighbour: how Social Ties shape Spillover Effects of Cash Transfers on Food Security and Nutrition Lesotho 2019

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.

Journal Article Paying for Happiness: Experimental Results from a Large Cash Transfer Program in Malawi Malawi 2018

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, 31(2): 331-356.

Journal Article Impacts of the Malawi social cash transfer program on household food and nutrition security Malawi 2017

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 Policy, 0: 1-14.

Journal Article A multilevel analysis of the effect of Malawi's Social Cash Transfer Pilot Scheme on school-age children's health Malawi 2013

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.

Working and Position Paper Happiness and Alleviation of Income Poverty: Impacts of an unconditional cash transfer programme using a subjective well-being approach Malawi 2016

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

Journal Article Enhanced life distress inventory: Development and validation in two African countries Tanzania 2020

Palermo T, Hall J. B, & Cirillo C on behalf of the Tanzania PSSN Youth Study Evaluation Team, Tanzania Adolescent Cash Plus Study Team, and Ghana LEAP 1000 Evaluation Team. (2020).Enhanced life distress inventory: Development and validation in two African countries,British Journal of Health Psychology,DOI: 10.1111/bjhp.12448

Journal Article Does Market Access Mitigate the Impact of Seasonality on Child Growth? Panel Data Evidence from Northern Ethiopia Ethiopia 2016

Abay K and Hirvonen K. (2016). Does Market Access Mitigate the Impact of Seasonality on Child Growth? Panel Data Evidence from Northern Ethiopia. The Journal of Development Studies, 53(9): 1414-1429.

Working and Position Paper Complementarities between social protection and health sector policies: evidence from productive safety net program in Ethiopia Ethiopia 2017

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.

Brief The broad range of cash transfer impacts in sub-Saharan Africa: Consumption, Human Capital and Productive Activity Ethiopia; Ghana; Kenya; Lesotho; Malawi; South Africa; Tanzania; Zambia; Zimbabwe 2014

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.

Journal Article Child malnutrition, consumption growth, maternal care and price shocks: new evidence from Northern Ghana Ghana 2020

de Groot R, Handa S, Ragno LP, & Spadafora T on behalf of the Ghana LEAP1000 Evaluation Team.(2020).Child malnutrition, consumption growth, maternal care and price shocks: new evidence from Northern Ghana,Development Studies Research,7:1,18-30,DOI:10.1080/21665095.2020.1722721

Journal Article Impacts of a social protection program paired with fee waivers on enrollment in Ghana's National Health Insurance Scheme. Ghana 2019

Palermo T, Valli E, Angeles G, Barrington C, Adamba C, Spadafora T, On Behalf of the LEAP 1000 Evaluation Team. (2019). Impacts of a social protection program paired with fee waivers on enrollment in Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme. BMJ Open, 9(11).

Journal Article Cash transfers and child nutrition: Pathways and impacts Ghana 2017

de Groot R, Palermo T, Handa S, Ragno LP and Peterman A. (2017). Cash transfers and child nutrition: Pathways and impacts. Development Policy Review, 35: 621-643.

Journal Article Can Social Protection Affect Psychosocial Wellbeing and Why Does This Matter? Lessons from Cash Transfers in Sub-Saharan Africa Ghana; Kenya; Lesotho; Zimbabwe 2016

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

Working and Position Paper Child malnutrition, consumption growth, maternal care and price shocks: new evidence from Northern Ghana Ghana 2017

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. Innocenti Working Papers no. 2017-01, UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti. Florence, Italy.

Working and Position Paper Cash Transfers and Child Nutrition: What we know and what we need to know Ghana 2015

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, Italy.

Journal Article Examination of performance of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale Short Form 10 among African youth in poor, rural households Kenya; Malawi; Tanzania; Zambia; Zimbabwe 2018

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 households. BMC Psychiatry, 18(201).