Child Development Grant: Cash Transfers Pilot in Northern Nigeria
2013-2017; Nigeria; DFID
Malnutrition is endemic in Northern Nigeria and has complex inter-related causes associated to food security, caring practices, and health services and health environment.
In recognition of the need to address this problem, the UK Department for International Development is supporting the State Governments of Jigawa and Zamfara to pilot a cash transfer programme. By providing knowledge on nutrition and health, as well as a regular payment of £14 per month to pregnant women and mothers of children under the age of 2, the programme focuses on removing the financial and knowledge barriers to improving child nutrition and health. To understand impact and scale-up the programme, DFID has commissioned a multi-dimensional evaluation, which will include an experimental impact evaluation design, complemented by in-depth qualitative research and continuous programme data collection.
OPM, Itad and its partners are leading an evaluation of the 5 year cash transfer pilot to determine its impact on household food security and child nutrition and the core elements of a successful intervention. Findings from the evaluation will inform decisions on whether and how the programme will be scaled up. Using a mixed methods approach including in-depth contextual analysis, a process evaluation, a randomised control trial and a qualitative longitudinal cohort study, we are generating a rigorous measure of impact, coupled with a detailed contextualised understanding of how and why registered changes have come about. The work is not only expected to have far reaching effects on social protection policy and practice in Nigeria, but also to contribute to strengthening the international evidence base on the impacts of cash transfer programmes.
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