The Transformative Impacts of Unconditional Cash Transfers: Evidence from two government programmes in Zambia

Report
from UN Children's Fund
Published on 12 Sep 2017 View Original

Luisa Natali
Social and Economic Policy Unit, UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti

Unconditional cash transfers are on the rise in Sub-Saharan Africa, with recent estimates indicating a doubling of programmes between 2010 and 2014.1 This brief provides an overview of the comprehensive impacts across eight domains of two unconditional cash transfer programmes implemented by the Zambian Government: The Child Grant Programme (CGP) and the Multiple Category Targeting Programme (MCP).

Although the primary objective of these programmes is poverty mitigation rather than economic empowerment, we document protective and productive outcomes in order to assess whether these programmes generate transformative effects and have the potential to offer a sustained pathway out of poverty for poor households.