Independent report

Child Development Grants Programme, Nigeria

Findings from the midline survey of the quantitative impact evaluation of the Child Development Grant Programme (CDGP) in northern Nigeria.



The Child Development Grant Programme (CDGP) is a 6 year, DFID-funded pilot programme (2013 to 2019) that is being implemented in Zamfara and Jigawa states in northern Nigeria. The programme aims to test an approach to reducing the widespread poverty, hunger and malnutrition in these states, that affects the potential for children to survive and develop.

The programme involves 2 components whose impact is being jointly tested:

  • an unconditional cash transfer provided to pregnant women and women with children under 2 years (aimed at tackling the economic causes of inadequate dietary intake)
  • a counselling and behaviour change campaign (BCC) (aimed at influencing maternal and childcare practices)

The programme is implemented by Save the Children and Action Against Hunger in 5 local government areas (LGAs) across the 2 states: Anka and Tsafe in Zamfara State, and Buji, Gagarawa and Kiri Kasama in Jigawa State.

Published 19 April 2018