HES Research Dialogues: Evidence Brief I - Understanding the Effects of Cash Transfers on Vulnerable Children in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Date Posted: June 14, 2019
  • Authors: CGillum
  • Document Types: Primer or Brief
  • Donor Type: US Agency for International Development

This brief reviews the evidence from five recent publications to highlight emerging scholarship on cash transfers and their effects on vulnerable children in sub-Saharan Africa. The themes derived from the literature include improved outcomes in educational enrollment, psychosocial functioning and health. Informed by the findings from the literature and complemented by recent guidance on economic strengthening for vulnerable children, suggestions are then offered for program and policy design, ranging from contextual considerations to risk assessments to institutional support.