Panel: The Next Generation of Social Cash Transfer Experiments: Evaluating Cash Transfer Programs in Sub-Saharan Africa
(Social & Family Policy)

Thursday, November 8, 2012: 3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Hanover B (Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore Hotel)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Organizers:  David Seidenfeld, American Institutes for Research
Moderators:  Jane Lincove, University of Texas, Austin
Chairs:  David Seidenfeld, American Institutes for Research

The conditional cash transfer revolution in Latin America and the Caribbean, beginning in the mid-1990s and continuing to this day, heralded a new prominence and acceptance of applying rigorous impact evaluations to social programmes. Over the last decade, sub-Saharan Africa has begun its own cash transfer revolution, and has followed a similar pattern of rigorous impact evaluation: in no fewer than 12 countries rigorous impact evaluations have been carried out or commissioned on government-run cash transfer programmes in the last few years. This panel includes papers from four distinct cash transfer evaluations in the region that could be considered the next generation of CT evaluations: Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and Zambia. These papers introduce the new research questions currently being covered by the next generation of impact evaluations and present results for these new topics which include HIV risk (sexual debut, partner characteristics, perceptions about peer behaviour, marriage, and pregnancy), psycho-social status and mental health, comparison of cash versus health insurance in boosting health care utilization, and the contribution of cash transfers to economic growth (household level production decisions, local economy effects and attitudes towards risk). Combined, these papers provide an overview of how the unique characteristics of the sub-Saharan African context both shape the design of cash transfer programmes and present special challenges to evaluating impact. As new data emerge from these next-generation impact evaluations, there is substantial opportunity to enrich the evidence on the impacts of CTs in sub-Saharan Africa and to better understand the effectiveness of design and implementation variations in the region. Furthermore, this next generation promises to advance the types of evidence available on CTs globally and contribute to new evaluation methodologies.

Productive Impact of Unconditional Cash Transfer Program: Evidence From Randomized Experiment In Kenya
Benjamin Davis1, Soloman Asfaw1, Giovanni Federighi1, Sudhanshu Handa2 and Paul Winters3, (1)Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, (2)University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, (3)American University

Supply Versus Demand Side Interventions to Boost Health Outcomes: Evidence From Ghana's LEAP Program
Sudhanshu Handa, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Michael Park, University of North Carolina

The South African Child Support Grant and Its Impacts
Carolyn Heinrich1, John Hoddinott2, Michael Samson3, Kenneth Mac Quene3, Ingrid van Niekerk3, Nils Riemenschneider4 and Bryant Renaud3, (1)University of Texas at Austin, (2)International Food Policy Research Institute, (3)Economic Policy Research Institute, (4)Oxford Policy Management

The Impact of Cash Transfer Programs On Discount Rates and Expectations: Evidence From Zambia
David Seidenfeld, American Institutes for Research and Sudhanshu Handa, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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