Are Cash Transfers the Answer for Child Nutrition in Sub‐Saharan Africa? A Literature Review

21 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2019

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James Manley

Towson University - Department of Economics

Vanya Slavchevska

United Nations - Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Date Written: March 2019

Abstract

Early evidence is ambiguous on the effects of cash transfer programmes on children, but until the last few years there has been little focus on Africa. We review the literature on 20 cash transfer schemes, including 12 from sub‐Saharan Africa. Such interventions have shown improvements in household diet and, in some cases, to agriculture, but have not always improved child health. However, a larger perspective focusing on two key time periods for nutrition—adolescence and the first 1,000 days of life reveals more opportunities for impact. In particular, the opportunity to empower young women to access secondary education and the reduction of adolescent pregnancy rates can improve the health of African children. Cash transfer programmes show promise, though there is room for improvement.

Keywords: adolescent health, cash transfers, child health, social protection, sub‐Saharan Africa

Suggested Citation

Manley, James and Slavchevska, Vanya, Are Cash Transfers the Answer for Child Nutrition in Sub‐Saharan Africa? A Literature Review (March 2019). Development Policy Review, Vol. 37, Issue 2, pp. 204-224, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3328843 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dpr.12346

James Manley (Contact Author)

Towson University - Department of Economics ( email )

Towson, MD 21204
United States

Vanya Slavchevska

United Nations - Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) ( email )

Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
Rome, Lazio 00100
ITALY

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