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Published: 2015

Evaluation of the social cash transfer pilot programme, Tigray region, Ethiopia

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In 2011, the Bureau of Labour and Social Affairs (BoLSA), Regional Government of Tigray, with support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), introduced the Social Cash Transfer Pilot Programme (SCTPP) in two woredas, Abi Adi and Hintalo Wajirat.

The SCTPP aims to improve the quality of life for vulnerable children, older persons, and persons with disabilities.

The three objectives of this endline report are:

  • The core objective is to assess the contribution of the SCTPP to improvements in household welfare, broadly defined. In addition, it :
  • Updates and summarizes work on the operational aspects of the SCTPP, including the role of Community Care Coalitions; targeting; and pay processes; and
  • Provides basic descriptive statistics on the well-being, livelihoods, schooling, and health of individuals and households of both SCTPP participants and non participants living in Abi Adi and Hintalo Wajirat.

Key findings:

  •  BoLSA demonstrated that it could effectively implement an ongoing cash transfer program. The SCTPP effectively communicated with beneficiaries, reached its target group and provided full transfers on a timely and consistent basis.
  • The SCTPP improved household food security and reduced hunger.
  • The SCTPP had modest effects on schooling and asset formation. There were no large or measurable impacts on a range of other outcomes.


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G. Berhane; S. Devereux; J. Hoddinott

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