Social Cash Transfers and Children’s Outcomes: A Review of Evidence from Africa

By documenting the impact of social cash transfers, particularly through the Transfer Project, there is now a critical mass of rigorous evidence demonstrating that social cash transfers work in Africa. This report recognizes that although countries still face outstanding challenges, social cash transfers have contributed to an improvement in the standard of living of the poorest and most excluded populations. Based on the evidence, there is a strong case for social cash transfers to be utilized as an effective instrument of poverty alleviation at the national, regional and global level.

This report was commissioned by the UNICEF Eastern and Southern African Office (ESARO), in collaboration with a number of UNICEF Offices, including the UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti.