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Cash Transfers and Child Nutrition: Pathways and Impacts


de Groot, Richard; Palermo, Tia M.; Handa, Sudhanshu; Ragno, Luigi Peter; & Peterman, Amber (2017). Cash Transfers and Child Nutrition: Pathways and Impacts. Development Policy Review, 35(5), 621-643. PMCID: PMC6667168


Childhood malnutrition remains a significant global problem, with an estimated 162 million children under the age of five suffering from stunted growth. This article examines the extent to which cash transfer programmes can improve child nutrition. It adopts a framework that captures and explains the pathways and determinants of child nutrition. The framework is then used to organize and discuss relevant evidence from the impact evaluation literature, focusing on impact pathways and new and emerging findings from sub-Saharan Africa to identify critical elements that determine child nutrition outcomes as well as knowledge gaps requiring further research, such as children's dietary diversity, caregiver behaviours and stress.


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Development Policy Review


de Groot, Richard
Palermo, Tia M.
Handa, Sudhanshu
Ragno, Luigi Peter
Peterman, Amber