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The Economic, Health and Psychological Effects of Health Insurance and Unconditional Cash Transfers in Kenya

Johannes Haushofer
Matthieu Chemin
Chaning Jang
Justin Abraham
Researchers evaluated the effects of a free health insurance policy and UCTs of the same value on the economic, health, and psychological outcomes of informal workers in Kenya. Participants who received health insurance self-reported reduced stress and had lower cortisol levels; UCTs led to fewer...

The Impacts of In-kind Food Transfers versus Electronic Vouchers on Poverty Reduction in Indonesia

Elan Satriawan
Sudarno Sumarto
Researchers partnered with the Government of Indonesia to measure the impact of replacing the delivery of their food assistance program from in-kind transfers to electronic vouchers on household welfare. The reform was more effective in delivering assistance to targeted beneficiaries and helped...

The Impact of Cash Transfers on Female Entrepreneurs’ Business Outcomes during Covid-19 in Kenya

Terence Johnson
Jackline Oluoch-Aridi
Researchers conducted a randomized evaluation to test the impact of providing cash transfers to female entrepreneurs during the pandemic on their business outcomes and behavior. Firm profit, inventory spending, and food expenditures all increased for business owners that received the cash transfer...

The Impact of Poverty Reduction Among New Mothers on Child Brain Development in the United States

Sonya V. Troller-Renfree
Molly A. Costanzo
Katherine Magnuson
Hirokazu Yoshikawa
Sarah Halpern-Meekin
Nathan A. Fox
Kimberly G. Noble
Researchers evaluated the impact of poverty reduction via an unconditional cash transfer to mothers on child neurodevelopment. Children in families that received a $333 monthly transfer displayed different brain activity patterns than children whose mothers received only $20 a month.

Graduating the Ultra-Poor in Egypt

Ragui Assaad
Christine Valente
Following a series of evaluations of the Graduation approach in 15 other countries, researchers are now evaluating the impact of the Graduation approach on the livelihoods of the ultra-poor in Upper Egypt.

The Impact of Cash Transfers on the Educational Attainment, Sexual Behavior, and HIV Status of Adolescent Girls in Malawi

Sarah Baird
Berk Özler
Ephraim Chirwa
Richard Garfein
In Malawi, researchers tested the relative effects of providing conditional and unconditional cash transfers to teenage girls and their families. Among girls enrolled in school at the start of the program, conditional cash transfers increased school attendance and reduced HIV prevalence while...

Cash and Microenterprise Support for the Ultra-Poor in Uganda

Eric Green
Jeannie Annan
In partnership with the Association of Volunteers in International Service, researchers evaluated the impact of the Women’s Income Generating Support (WINGS) program, an initiative which provided low-income Ugandan individuals, mainly women, with financial grants, business skills training, and...