Child Grants Programme Impact Evaluation: Follow-up Report

Abstract

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.

Citation

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.

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