The Lesotho Child Grants Programme, CGP, is an unconditional social cash
transfer targeted to poor and vulnerable households. It provides every
quarter a regular transfer of between M360 and M7501to poor households
with children that are selected through a combination of Proxy Means
Testing and community validation and registered in the National
Information System for Social Assistance, NISSA.
The programme is run by the Ministry of Social Development of the
Government of Lesotho, with financial support from the European
Commission and technical support from UNICEF, Lesotho.
Oxford Policy Management was contracted by UNICEF to design and
undertake an independent evaluation of Round 2 Phase 1 of the CGP pilot.
The purpose of the evaluation was to establish the impact,
effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of the programme. The study
comprised three main components: A. a quantitative panel household
survey with a baseline in 2011 and a follow-up in 2013, in control and
treatment locations and covering CGP eligible and non-eligible
households; B. qualitative fieldwork to inform, explain and add to the
information gathered in the quantitative survey, and to undertake
further studies as required; and C. gathering of detailed cost
information from all implementing partners involved in the
implementation of the CGP pilot, to estimate financial and
administrative implications of the national roll-out.
The present document summaries the findings of the quantitative
component of the evaluation, whose main objective was to to assess the
impacts of the CGP pilot on the wellbeing of beneficiary children and
households. The study also sheds light on the operational effectiveness
of the CGP pilot and provides insights on the indirect social and
economic impacts of the pilot in the community where it operates, beyond
those who directly benefit from it.
Pellerano, L.; Moratti, M.; Jakobsen, M.; Bajgar, M.; Barca, V. Child Grants Programme Impact Evaluation: Follow-up Report. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy (2014) xxiii + 195 pp.