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Chakrabarti, Averi; Handa, Sudhanshu; Natali, Luisa; Seidenfeld, David; Tembo, Gelson; & the Zambia Cash Transfer Evaluation Team, (2020). More Evidence on the Relationship between Cash Transfers and Child Height. Journal of Development Effectiveness, 12(1), 14-37.


We examine the effect of the Zambia Child Grant Programme - an unconditional cash transfer (CT) targeted to rural households with children under age five - on height-for-age up to four years after programme initiation. The CT scheme had large positive effects on nutritional inputs like food expenditure and meal frequency, but no impact on child height-for-age. Production function estimates indicate that food carries little weight in the production of child height in the study sample. In settings with poor health infrastructure and harsh disease environments, a stand-alone CT is unlikely to address long-term chronic malnutrition unless accompanied by complementary interventions.


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Journal Article

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Journal of Development Effectiveness


Chakrabarti, Averi
Handa, Sudhanshu
Natali, Luisa
Seidenfeld, David
Tembo, Gelson
the Zambia Cash Transfer Evaluation Team,

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Zambian Child Grant Program (CGP)