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Nyasha Tirivayi

Social Policy Manager

Nyasha Tirivayi is Social Policy Manager at UNICEF’s Office of Research-Innocenti, where she manages social policy and social protection research. She has expertise in research, evaluation, teaching, policy analysis and policy advocacy. Nyasha was previously a Research Specialist at the United Nations University (UNU-MERIT) where she managed impact and operational evaluations of social policy and humanitarian programs in various African countries. She also developed and taught impact evaluation courses to doctoral students and conducted research on adolescent health and the impacts of social protection and agricultural programs on food security, household welfare and child wellbeing. Prior to UNU, Nyasha was a social protection specialist at FAO where she promoted linkages between social protection and agriculture. In the past, she also worked as a gender equality advocate and trainer in research methods and social protection. She has published journal articles, book chapters and a book in the fields of public health, development economics, gender and education. She holds a Ph.D in Public Policy and Policy Analysis from Maastricht University.

Publications

Cash transfers – Past, present and future: Evidence and lessons learned from the Transfer Project
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Cash transfers – Past, present and future: Evidence and lessons learned from the Transfer Project

Since 2009, the Transfer Project has generated rigorous evidence on the impacts of cash transfers in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and has supported their expansion.1 The Transfer Project is a collaborative network comprising UNICEF (Innocenti, Regional and Country Offices), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, national governments and researchers. It aims to “provide evidence on the effectiveness of cash transfer programmes, inform the development and design of cash transfer policy and programmes, and promote learning across SSA on the design and implementation of research and evaluations on cash transfers”. this brief summarizes the current evidence and lessons learned from the Transfer Project after more than a decade of research. It also introduces new frontiers of research.
A Rapid Review of Economic Policy and Social Protection Responses to Health and Economic Crises and Their Effects on Children: Lessons for the COVID-19 pandemic response
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A Rapid Review of Economic Policy and Social Protection Responses to Health and Economic Crises and Their Effects on Children: Lessons for the COVID-19 pandemic response

This rapid review seeks to inform initial and long-term public policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic by assessing evidence on past economic policy and social protection responses to health and economic crises and their effects on children and families. The review focuses on virus outbreaks/emergencies, economic crises and natural disasters which, similar to the COVID-19 pandemic, were rapid in onset, had wide-ranging geographical reach, and resulted in disruption of social services and economic sectors without affecting governance systems. Lessons are also drawn from the HIV/AIDS pandemic due to its impact on adult mortality rates and surviving children.