Cash Transfers and Child Nutrition: Pathways and Impacts

23 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2017

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Richard de Groot

United Nations - Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Tia Palermo

State University of New York (SUNY)

Sudhanshu Handa

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Department of Public Policy; Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)

Luigi Peter Ragno

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Amber Peterman

UNICEF - Innocenti Research Centre

Date Written: September 2017

Abstract

Childhood malnutrition remains a significant global problem, with an estimated 162 million children under the age of five suffering from stunted growth. This article examines the extent to which cash transfer programmes can improve child nutrition. It adopts a framework that captures and explains the pathways and determinants of child nutrition. The framework is then used to organize and discuss relevant evidence from the impact evaluation literature, focusing on impact pathways and new and emerging findings from sub‐Saharan Africa to identify critical elements that determine child nutrition outcomes as well as knowledge gaps requiring further research, such as children's dietary diversity, caregiver behaviours and stress.

Keywords: cash transfers, health, nutrition, sub‐Saharan Africa

Suggested Citation

de Groot, Richard and Palermo, Tia and Handa, Sudhanshu and Ragno, Luigi Peter and Peterman, Amber, Cash Transfers and Child Nutrition: Pathways and Impacts (September 2017). Development Policy Review, Vol. 35, Issue 5, pp. 621-643, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3013427 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dpr.12255

Richard De Groot (Contact Author)

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Tia Palermo

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Sudhanshu Handa

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Luigi Peter Ragno

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

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Amber Peterman

UNICEF - Innocenti Research Centre ( email )

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