Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Cash transfers reduce risk of intimate partner violence for young girls in South Africa

The South African study, published in the Journal of the International AIDS Society (JIAS), is the first to attempt to measure the impact of cash transfers on IPV specifically among adolescents. Girls (aged between 14 and 17) and their families were given monthly payments on the condition that they regularly attended high school. Over 2,000 girls took part in the study and their experiences were monitored over three years.

The results were clear. Across every indicator the girls who received payments experienced less violence than those who did not – although this did not translate to lower HIV infection rates for the group. While 18.5% of the girls who were given cash transfers still suffered some form of IPV, the reality for the girls... Read More