This book reviews the impacts of 20 cash transfer programs throughout
the world – both conditional and unconditional, in countries with both
high and low HIV prevalence – as well as alternative and complementary
approaches such as food assistance, work-based programs, social
services, and information and awareness programs.
The authors argue that social protection is the best way to break the
vicious cycle of HIV/AIDS, food insecurity, and loss of human capital.
Their findings show that conditional cash transfer programs have
significant impacts on poverty, education, health, and nutrition in
countries with low HIV prevalence, and unconditional programs in East
and southern African countries with high HIV prevalence have impacts on
food consumption and human capital.
The book also offers specific recommendations for designing social
protection programs, including targeting poor households in areas of
high HIV prevalence rather than HIV-positive households or orphans, and
carefully testing conditionality rather than assuming it to be always
Adato, M.; Bassett, L. Social Protection and Cash Transfers to Strengthen Families Affected by HIV and AIDS. IFPRI, Washington, USA (2012) 218 pp. ISBN 978-0-89629-201-7
Social Protection and Cash Transfers to Strengthen Families Affected by HIV and AIDS