Economic Growth and Risk Reduction in Malawi's Social Cash Transfer Scheme

This project evaluates the Government of Malawi’s Social Cash Transfer (SCT) program, which currently serves 30,000 ultra-poor labor-constrained households in seven districts. This research aims to (1) investigate the economic impact of the SCT on target households and the local community. At the household level, key indicators include farm and non-farm economic activity, including input use, crop and livestock production, sales, and income; and (2) assess the impact on HIV risk, child protection, and human capital. HIV-related risk will be captured through sexual activity, condom use, transactional and forced sex, and partner characteristics. Measures include child protection through psychosocial status, future aspirations, marriage, and pregnancy. Human capital will include school enrollment, attainment, repetition, labor force participation, and physical health. The study design is a social experiment made possible by the expansion of the SCT in three districts. Traditional Authorities (TA) are randomly selected to be included in the evaluation sample from the list of all program eligible TAs in the expansion areas. These TAs are then randomly assigned to either treatment or ‘delayed-treatment’ control status. This study will interview 1,750 households at 24 months post intervention. This evaluation will be a follow-up to the baseline and 12-month post-intervention evaluations.

Principal Investigator: Sudhanshu (Ashu) Handa

CPC Fellow Investigator: Gustavo Angeles

Funding Source: 3ie

Grant Number: TW1.1015

Funding Period: 8/1/2012 - 12/30/2016

Primary Research Area: Demography,Population Health

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