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The Hewlett Foundation has awarded a grant for $690,000 to CPC Fellows Gustavo Angeles and Sudhanshu Handa to improve evidence based decision-making in sub-Saharan Africa.

The three year grant will support the Transfer Project, a regional research initiative led by UNICEF, the University of North Carolina and the FAO to generate evidence on impacts of national cash transfer programs in sub-Saharan Africa, and to translate that evidence into policy through partnerships with national governments. Through the grant, the Transfer Project will increase the capacity of African-based researchers to conduct impact evaluations, and engage with African academics and policy-makers to identify knowledge gaps in social protection to ensure that evidence is generated that can be used by policy-makers in their decision-making process. These activities will result in the production of evidence by African researchers that address the needs of policy-makers, resulting in more informed decision-making.

Angeles and Handa are Carolina Population Center Faculty Fellows. Angeles is Research Assistant Professor of UNC’s Maternal and Child Health department. Handa is Lawrence I. Gilbert Distinguished Professor of UNC’s Public Policy department.