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Government of Malawi's unconditional cash transfer improves youth mental health

Government of Malawi's unconditional cash transfer improves youth mental health

Gustavo Angeles, Jacobus De Hoop, Sudhanshu Handa, Kelly Kilburn, Annamaria Milazzo, Amber Peterman
Social Science & Medicine, March 2019, vol. 225, pp. 108-119.

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ABSTRACT

We explore the impacts of Malawi's national unconditional cash transfer program targeting ultra-poor households on youth mental health. Experimental findings show that the program significantly improved mental health outcomes. Among girls in particular, the program reduces indications of depression by about 15 percentage points. We investigate the contribution of different possible pathways to the overall program impact, including education, health, consumption, caregiver's stress levels and life satisfaction, perceived social support, and participation in hard and unpleasant work. The pathways explain from 46 to 65 percent of the program impact, advancing our understanding of how economic interventions can affect mental health of youth in resource-poor settings. The findings underline that unconditional cash grants, which are used on an increasingly large scale as part of national social protection systems in Sub-Saharan Africa, have the potential to improve youth mental wellbeing and thus may help break the vicious cycle of poverty and poor mental health.

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Investments in children’s health and the Kenyan cash transfer for orphans and vulnerable children: evidence from an unconditional cash transfer scheme

Carolyn Huang, Kavita Singh, Sudhanshu Handa, Carolyn Halpern, Audrey Pettifor, Harsha Thirumurthy
Health Policy and Plannning, April 2017

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Multidimensional Child Deprivation and Poverty Measurement: Case Study of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Yekaterina Chzhen, Lucia Ferrone
Social Indicators Research, April 2017, vol. 131 (3), pp. 999-1014.

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Cash for Women’s Empowerment? A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of the Government of Zambia’s Child Grant Program

Juan Bonilla, Rosa Castro Zarzur, Sudhanshu Handa, Claire Nowlin, Amber Peterman, Hannah Ring, David Seidenfeld
World Development, March 2017

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Poverty and perceived stress: Evidence from two unconditional cash transfer programs in Zambia

Jacobus De Hoop, Tia Palermo, Lisa Hjelm, Sudhanshu Handa
Social Science & Medicine, March 2017, vol. 177, pp. 110-117.

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Children as Internet users: how can evidence better inform policy debate?

Jasmina Byrne, Patrick Burton
Journal of Cyber policy, February 2017, pp. 1-14.

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Women’s Individual Asset Ownership and Experience of Intimate Partner Violence: Evidence From 28 International Surveys

Amber Peterman, Audrey Pereira, Jennifer Bleck, Tia Palermo, Kathryn M. Yount
American Journal of Public Health, 2017, vol. 107 (5), pp. 747-755.

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Gender Justice and (In)security in Pakistan and Afghanistan

Bina D'Costa
Postcolonial studies, December 2016, vol. 19 (4), pp. 409-426 .

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