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Lisa Hjelm

Former Consultant (Former title)

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Comparing Approaches to the Measurement of Multidimensional Child Poverty
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Comparing Approaches to the Measurement of Multidimensional Child Poverty

The Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 1.2 implies that both monetary and non-monetary or multidimensional (MD) child poverty would be measured and monitored, and that the associated indicators would be defined nationally. However, very few countries routinely measure child MD poverty.
The Impact of Cash Transfers on Food Security
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The Impact of Cash Transfers on Food Security

Vulnerable populations in sub-Saharan African countries often face high levels of food insecurity which disproportionately affect households living in poverty and children are particularly at risk. This review of eight social cash transfer programme evaluations has shown that cash transfers have an impact on several different dimensions of food security.
Unconditional Government Social Cash Transfers in Africa Do Not Increase Fertility: Issue Brief
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Unconditional Government Social Cash Transfers in Africa Do Not Increase Fertility: Issue Brief

A common perception surrounding the design and implementation of social cash transfers is that those targeted to families with young children will incentivize families to have more children. To date, however, research on unconditional cash transfer programmes in Africa (including Kenya, Malawi, South Africa and Zambia) have demonstrated no impacts of cash transfer programmes on increased fertility.
The Zambian Government Unconditional Social CashTransfer Programme Does Not Increase Fertility
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The Zambian Government Unconditional Social CashTransfer Programme Does Not Increase Fertility

This is the first study from sub-Saharan Africa examining the relation between cash transfers and fertility using a large-sample social experiment design and reporting fertility histories of individual women. The findings are important because they provide strong evidence that a social protection programme targeted to families with young children does not create the unintended effect of increased fertility.

Journal articles

Examination of performance of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale Short Form 10 among African youth in poor, rural households
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Examination of performance of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale Short Form 10 among African youth in poor, rural households

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