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Unconditional Cash Transfer Programme - 7-8 Percentage Point Increase in School Enrolment among Children 11-14


Strategy researched

An unconditional cash transfer programme

Impact achieved

The study finds a significant impact among children aged 11-14, which coincides with the exact age range where sharp drop-out begins to occur in Zambia - with point estimates in the range of 7-8 percentage points. The study also shows a significant impact of the CGP in reducing the probability of paid work by 4-5 percentage points.

Country of study


Research methodology



Journal of Development Effectiveness; 2016

Journal paper title and link

The impact of Zambia's unconditional child grant on schooling and work: results from a large-scale social experiment

Excerpt from Abstract

"...provide evidence on the potential pathways through which the unconditional cash transfer impacts on enrollment. Households in the CGP spend more on education, and in particular on uniforms and shoes, two items cited as key barriers to school enrollment in study areas."

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