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Michelle Mills

Consultant (Former title)

Michelle Mills is responsible for the dissemination and uptake of research produced by the Transfer Project, a multi-country research initiative that studies the impact of large-scale government cash transfers in sub-Saharan Africa. Before joining Innocenti, she was an international consultant with FAO and ILO working on capacity development projects to improve policies and programmes on social protection, child labour and decent work. Michelle earned a master’s degree at Stanford University where she focused on child poverty and social protection measures in Africa.
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Celebrating ten years of building evidence for action on cash transfers in Africa, UNICEF, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) organized the seventh regional Transfer Project workshop on “Social Protection, Cash Transfers and Long-Term Poverty Reduction” in Arusha, Tanzania from 2 to 4 April 2019. Over 130 social protection experts and stakeholders from 20 African countries attended, including government officials, UNICEF and FAO staff, academics, NGOs and other development partners.


Michelle Mills

The annual workshop of the Transfer Project, “The State of Evidence on Social Cash Transfers in Africa” focused on new challenges arising from moving from fragmented programmes to integrated social protection systems, combining cash transfers with complementary (also referred to as ‘plus’) interventions, as well as the assessment of social protection in emergency contexts.


Michelle Mills; Gean Spektor; Max Terzini


It’s Payday! What a cash transfer looks like in Ghana (14 Dec 2015)

Cash transfer programs have become an increasingly popular component of social protection strategies across sub-Saharan Africa. These progra ...

Giving girls a chance (12 Aug 2015)

Mounting evidence from systematic reviews, such as these on early childbearing and HIV risk, suggest that cash transfers have ...