The impact of an emergency cash transfer programme in Niger

24 July 2018

This study presents the findings from a quasi-experimental longitudinal study of a conditional emergency cash transfer programme implemented by Concern Worldwide in 2012 during a food crisis in Tahoua, Niger. 

Nijimbere Alphonsine, NGO Concern staff member giving out cash transfers. Photo: Irenee Nduwayezu / Concern Worldwide.
Nijimbere Alphonsine, NGO Concern staff member giving out cash transfers. Photo: Irenee Nduwayezu / Concern Worldwide.

The study found that this emergency cash transfer programme promoted child weight gain and reduced the risk of acute malnutrition among children in the context of a food crisis. The authors suspect that the use of strategic conditional terms and a valuable transfer size were key features in achieving this result. Future studies of this nature would benefit from pre-baseline measurements, more exhaustive data collection on household characteristics and transfer use, and further investigation into the use of conditional terms in emergency settings.

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