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Are Cash Transfers a Silver Bullet? Evidence from the Zambian Child Grant

Are Cash Transfers a Silver Bullet? Evidence from the Zambian Child Grant

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Sudhanshu Handa; David Seidenfeld; Benjamin Davis; Gelson Tembo; Zambia Cash Transfer Evaluation Team

 

Publication date: 2014-08

Publication series:
Innocenti Working Papers

No. of pages: 35

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Abstract

We document the broad impacts of the Zambian Government’s Child Support Grant , including on consumption, livelihood strengthening, material welfare of children, young child feeding, investment in assets, productive activities and housing after two years, making this one of the first studies to demonstrate both protective and productive impacts of a national unconditional cash transfer programme. However impacts in areas such as child nutritional status and schooling depend on initial conditions of the household, suggesting that cash alone is not enough to solve all constraints faced by these poor, rural households.
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