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Carried out in partnership with the Brooks World Poverty Institute and part of a research programme on prevention, the project, analyses the available evidence generated through impact evaluations on the child protection outcomes of social transfers. Depending on design, there is evidence of direct impact of some forms of social transfer on birth registration, child labour, child marriage and involuntary family separation. An outstanding issue is the extent to which violence against children or child abuse could be impacted by poverty reduction strategies - existing data from lower income countries is poor and the evidence inconclusive.
Carried out in partnership with the Brooks World Poverty Institute and part of a research programme on prevention, the project, analyses the available evidence generated through impact evaluations on the child protection outcomes of social transfers. Depending on design, there is evidence of direct impact of some forms of social transfer on birth registration, child labour, child marriage and involuntary family separation. An outstanding issue is the extent to which violence against children or child abuse could be impacted by poverty reduction strategies - existing data from lower income countries is poor and the evidence inconclusive.

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The study identifies and evaluates three possible channels through which social transfers can influence child protection outcomes: direct effects observed where the objectives of social transfers are explicit chid protection outcomes; indirect effects where the impact of social transfers on poverty and exclusion leads to improved child protection outcomes; and potential synergies in implementation of social transfers and child protection.

A revised version of this report was published in the Children and Youth Services Review

 

Armando Barrientos; Jasmina Byrne; Juan Miguel Villa; Paola Peña
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Andrew Mawson