09 July 2012

Social protection works: South Africa edition

UNICEF have just published the impact evaluation of the South Africa Child Support Grant programme (some colleagues of mine did some of the work on the evaluation).

The programme reaches over 10 million children, and pays 280 rand (£22) a month per child to households below a certain income threshold.

This payment improves early child nutrition, schooling, test scores, health, and reduces teenage pregnancy and drug use. For £22 a month. And that is transformative - immediate poverty reduction as well as an investment in economic growth when those children grow up to be smarter and healthier and more productive.

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