Groot, R., Yablonski, J., Valli, E.
Article on the impacts of young child nutrition outcomes and underlying determinants of a Ghanaian cash transfer programme paired with health insurance fee exemptions, targeted to pregnant women and infants under one year. Data from a 24-month quasi-experimental impact evaluation was used which exploits the fact that households were selected into the programme based on a continuous programme eligibility index. Using a difference-in-difference approach, the study finds no main treatment effect on nutritional outcomes. Household-level food security improved, yet child meal frequency decreased, suggesting an important role for the intra-household allocation of resources. The article concluded that cash alone is unlikely to yield impacts on young child nutrition outcomes and integrated programmes that aim to address multiple underlying determinants at the same time need to be further examined, including effects on the intra-household division of resources.
- Food Insecurity
- Other Crises
- Sub-Saharan Africa
- West Africa
- Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs)
- Children (boys and/or girls 1-10 years old)
- Children <5 years old
- Pregnant Women and/or Girls
- Women (adults and/or adolescents)
- Journal article