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Cash Transfer - School Attendance Increased 5%-points

Tue, 10/25/2022 - 07:22

Strategy researched

Cash transfer (CT) programmes

Impact achieved

5 percentage point difference in school enrollment, higher education investment & lower school absences in households receiving unconditional CTs.

Regions studied

Asia, Africa, Latin America

Research methodology

Systematic review of 7 studies, including 2 RCTs (above is quoted from a Malawian RCT involving 1,242 children)


International Journal of Basic, Applied and Innovative Research; 2018

Journal paper title and link

Cash transfer programmes on children's outcomes: evidence from developing countries

Excerpt from Abstract

"The systematic search was conducted electronically with the aid of Google search engine, using these key search words - “cash transfers”, “child health”, “child development”, “child marriage” and “child labour”. Studies that used Randomised Control Trails (RCTs) and quasi-experiments, as well as studies that reported cash transfers and child development outcomes such as school enrolment, attendance, test score, child work, child health and nutrition and cognitive development were included. Data on social programmes, target population, methodological quality and study results were extracted with the aid of a standard form. The seven studies that met the inclusion criteria were two from Africa, two from Asia and three from Latin America."


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