Leveraging Cash Transfers for HIV-Vulnerable Orphans and Vulnerable Children: Works Best? Evidence from a Microsimulation Analysis

  • Date Posted: November 4, 2019
  • Authors: CGillum
  • Document Types: Policy
  • Donor Type: US Agency for International Development

This policy brief highlights key learning from a microsimulation exercise conducted by EPRI. It provides new evidence about the efficacy of targeting OVC populations through inclusive targeting approaches and criteria that are frequently used in sub-Saharan Africa. Using microsimulation modeling, the study compares alternative program scenarios including a child grant, an old age grant and a low-income transfer in three diverse African countries – South Africa, Ghana, and Uganda – to generate policy guidance on designing cash transfers for OVC populations based on their coverage, targeting effectiveness, cost, and efficiency in reducing poverty and vulnerability.