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Leah Prencipe


Leah Prencipe focuses on young child health and nutrition, food security and poverty, and educational outcomes for youth. She has several years’ experience implementing impact evaluations on health, education, and social protection programs. She has conducted data collection activities in a number of countries in Africa and Southeast Asia. Prior to joining UNICEF, Leah worked as a researcher at American Institutes for Research (AIR), where she began working on impact evaluations. She also worked as a data analyst for the World Bank, where she analyzed health data from multiple nationally representative surveys for outcomes in equity in health spending, health utilization and health outcomes, such as malnutrition and mortality rates of children under five.
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Among policymakers, a common perception surrounding the effects of cash transfer programmes, particularly unconditional programmes targeted to families with children, is that they will induce increased fertility. Yet results from an evaluation of the Zambian Child Grant Programme indicate there are no programme impacts on overall fertility. In addition, among young women under 25 years and among women who have access to family planning, fertility actually decreased and use of modern contraceptives increased.


Tia Palermo; Sudhanshu Handa; Amber Peterman; Leah Prencipe; David Seidenfeld


Unconditional government social cash transfer in Africa does not increase fertility (2016)

Tia Palermo, Sudhanshu Handa, Amber Peterman, Leah Prencipe, David Seidenfeld
Journal of Population Economics, vol. 29 (4) , pp. 1083-1111.


Adolescent wellbeing

A four year programme on social and structural determinants of adolescent wellbeing in low and middle income countries.

Social protection - cash transfers

A multi-country research initiative to provide rigorous evidence on the impact of large-scale national cash transfer programmes.