Celebrating ten years of building evidence for action on cash transfers in Africa, UNICEF, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) organized the seventh regional Transfer Project workshop on “Social Protection, Cash Transfers and Long-Term Poverty Reduction” in Arusha, Tanzania from 2 to 4 April 2019.
Slide presentation of the webinar held on 9 May 2019. In this webinar, presenters have summarized key conclusions from the review of 10 examples of combining cash transfer and parenting interventions and talked about four models for structuring the combination: integrated, convergence, alignment, and piggy-backing. They also highlighted promising evidence for combining the interventions, where adding the parenting program to the cash transfer program has improved some parental practices and child development outcomes, with results in cognition and language.
The government is planning to initiate a pilot project on replacing take home rations with conditional cash transfer for beneficiaries at Anganwadi centres in two blocks each in Jaipur and Baran districts of Rajasthan and one block each in UP’s Lucknow and Sitapur districts.
Zambia is a lower-middle-income nation in Southern Africa, with a population estimated at 15.5 million people in 2015. Over half (58.2 per cent) of its population is located in rural areas, often at low density and following sparse patterns of territorial occupation that accentuate challenges related to access to public services and markets. In terms of food consumption, 54.4 per cent of the country is living below the poverty line, with 13.6 per cent living below the extreme poverty line (CSO 2015).
There is considerable global evidence on the effectiveness of cash transfers in improving health and nutrition outcomes; however, the evidence from South Asia, particularly India, is limited. In the context of India where more than a third of children are undernourished, and where there is considerable under-utilization of health and nutrition interventions, it is opportune to investigate the impact of cash transfer programs on the use of interventions.