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Jacobus De Hoop

Humanitarian Policy Specialist (Research)

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Jacob joined UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti as a social policy specialist in 2015. His research focuses on the effects of public policy in developing countries on child labor, education, youth employment, and family wellbeing and functioning. Before joining UNICEF, Jacob worked as a research economist at the International Labour Organization (ILO). As part of this position, he studied the effects of a variety of programs that aim to support poor and vulnerable households and to increase their economic capacity. Prior to this, Jacob was affiliated with the Paris School of Economics as a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow and worked for the World Bank on the evaluation of a cash transfer program in Malawi. Jacob holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Tinbergen Institute.
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In the 2016–17 school year, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and in coordination with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE) in Lebanon, started to pilot a child-focused cash transfer programme for displaced Syrian children in Lebanon. The programme, known as the No Lost Generation (NLG) or “Min Ila” (meaning “from/to”) was designed to reduce negative coping strategies harmful to children and reduce barriers to children’s school attendance, including financial barriers and reliance on child labour. UNICEF Lebanon contracted the American Institute for Research (AIR) to help UNICEF Office of Research (OoR) design and implement an impact evaluation of the programme. The purpose of the impact evaluation, one of the first rigorous studies of a social protection programme supporting children in a complex displacement setting, is to monitor the programme’s effects on recipients and provide evidence to UNICEF, WFP, and MEHE for decisions regarding the programme’s future. This report investigates and discusses the programme’s impacts on child well-being outcomes, including food security, health, child work, child subjective well-being, enrollment, and attendance, after 1 year of programme implementation.


Jacobus De Hoop; Mitchell Morey; Hannah Ring; Victoria Rothbard; David Seidenfeld

Rigorous research in humanitarian settings is possible when researchers and programmers work together, particularly in the early stages when responses to humanitarian challenges are designed. Six new rigorous research studies from five countries: Ecuador, Mali, Niger, Lebanon and Yemen illustrate this point.


Amber Peterman; Jacobus De Hoop; Jose Cuesta; Alexandra Yuster


Government of Malawi's unconditional cash transfer improves youth mental health (2019)

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


No Lost Generation: Cash transfers for displaced Syrian children in Lebanon (05 Jun 2018)

Imagine you work for UNICEF in Lebanon. Your team has the challenging task of ensuring that half a million displaced Syrian children who fle ...


Social Protection in Humanitarian Settings

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Humanitarian research

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