Impact Evaluation on the Effect of The Malawi Social Cash Transfer Programme

CPC and its Malawi-based collaborator, the Centre for Social Research (CSR) of the University of Malawi (UNIMA), are conducting a second follow-up (endline) study as part of the Malawi Social Cash Transfer Programme (SCTP) Impact Evaluation which began in 2013. The purpose of this evaluation is to assess the impact of the program on well-being of young children, youth, and caregivers, in terms of schooling, nutrition, health, shelter, mental health, and household food-security and resilience. It explores self-reported use of social services by the study participants, caregivers’ ability to respond to children’s needs, and how the SCTP impacts household behaviors, including on time-use, child labor, household investment, saving and spending patterns, household income generation activities, nutrition, health/treatment seeking, and social networks. A dedicated Young Person’s Module focuses on the impacts of the SCTP on attitudes toward risk, including HIV risk, sexual behavior, mental health,E80 and substance use for children ages 13-19 (at baseline) in SCTP households. The baseline and midline studies were funded by UNICEF Malawi, with logistical and technical support from the GoM. The endline follow-up is funded primarily by The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie). UNICEF Malawi seeks to provide additional funding to: (1) supplement funding for the quantitative data collection for ~1,200 households to maintain the existing sample size (n=3,531 at baseline), (2) support a third round of qualitative data collection with the households who were interviewed at baseline and midline, and (3) support an additional survey component and companion report related to household resilience in SCTP households. This project is to study resilience in more depth as a unique component of the analysis for the ongoing impact evaluation in Salima and Mangochi and it will provide more comprehensive information about the range of impacts of the SCTP with which to inform program and policy decision making.

Principal Investigator: Gustavo Angeles

Funding Source: UNICEF

Grant Number: 43189881

Funding Period: 11/25/2015 - 12/31/2016

Primary Research Area: Population Health

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