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Jacobus de Hoop

Humanitarian Policy Research Manager

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Jacobus (Jacob) de Hoop joined UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti in 2015. He works as a manager of humanitarian policy research in the social and economic policy team. His research examines the role of social protection in the lives of children and adolescents in development and humanitarian contexts. Before joining UNICEF, Jacob worked as a researcher at the International Labour Organization (ILO), was affiliated with the Paris School of Economics as a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow and worked as a consultant for the World Bank on the evaluation of a cash transfer programme in Malawi. Jacob holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Tinbergen Institute in Amsterdam.
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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



Why Child Labour Cannot be Forgotten During COVID-19 (18 May 2020)

In discussions of the pandemic to date, child labour (i.e. forms of work that are harmful to children) has played only a marginal role. Yet, ...

Fast access to cash provides urgent relief to those hardest hit by COVID—19 (11 Apr 2020)

COVID—19 is wreaking health and economic turmoil worldwide. These impacts are all the more pronounced in low-income or crisis-affected ...


Child labour and social protection in Africa

This research project explores how national social protection programmes aimed at reducing poverty, including cash transfers, affect child labour in t ...

Child labour and education in India and Bangladesh

A new research project, led by the UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti, aiming to identify effective educational strategies to address child labour in ...