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AUTHOR(S)

Jacobus de Hoop, Valeria Groppo, Sudhanshu Handa

DETAIL(S)

The World Bank economic review, November 2019

ABSTRACT

Cash transfer programs are rapidly becoming a key component of the social safety net of many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The primary aim of these programs is to help households improve their food security and to smooth consumption during periods of economic duress. However, beneficiary households have also been shown to use these programs to expand their microentrepreneurial activities. Cluster-randomized trials carried out during the rollout of large-scale programs in Malawi and Zambia show that children may increase their work in the household enterprise through such programs. Both programs increased forms of work that may be detrimental to children, such as activities that expose children to hazards in Malawi and excessive working hours in Zambia. However, both programs also induced positive changes in other child well-being domains, such as school attendance and material well-being, leading to a mixed and inconclusive picture of the implications of these programs for children.
LANGUAGE:
English
SOURCE: VIEW ARTICLE

LIBRARY RECORD

JOURNAL TITLEThe World Bank economic review
YEAR2019
SOURCEVIEW ARTICLE
OPEN SOURCE https://doi.org/10.1093/wber/lhz004
DESCRIPTORSCash transfers
Child labour
GEO DESCRIPTORSMalawi
Zambia
RESEARCH PROJECT(S) Social protection and cash transfers
PEER REVIEWEDYES