Aug 2, 2010

Debate Rages Regarding Disbursement of Cash Unconditionally


Last week we posted the early results of a study done in the poorest districts of India (Uttar Pradesh and Bihar) which showed that in-facility births increased when clients were given money. The World Bank conducted a two-year cash transfer program targeting girls 13 to 22 in Malawi. They found that amounts as small as $1-$5 a month reduced school drop-out rates by 40 percent. Also, keeping girls in school will increase learning and other positive impacts such as, delaying marriage, reducing teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases including HIV. This study involved a sample of 3800 girls where some were given funds on a conditional basis and some were given funds unconditionally. They were compared with a control group that did not receive any funds. The authors found that it did not make any difference if the funds were given unconditionally versus if a condition was attached to receiving money. These results were in stark contrast to the experience in Latin America where conditionality was the key to success of the cash incentive program. Here are the links to the IRIN NEWS article as well as the study report from the World Bank. LIFE FOR MOTHERS encourages you to post your comments on our blog.,,contentMDK:22651958~pagePK:64257043~piPK:437376~theSitePK:4607,00.html?cid=3001_5

Did you know?

In Africa and South Asia, complications during pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death for women of childbearing age.

Source:United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2010

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