Unconditional Government Social Cash Transfers in Africa Do Not Increase Fertility
Publication date: 2016-01
Innocenti Research Briefs
No. of pages: 3
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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. Examples are given of how some design features capable of minimizing the fertility incentive can be built into programmes.