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Cash + discussions

Social protection interventions, and in particular cash transfers, have become increasingly widespread in African countries. Results from a number of Hub projects have suggested that cash transfers may act as accelerators for adolescents, improving multiple outcomes. They also suggest that they may work well in combination with other interventions, i.e. ‘cash plus’. This project will look to draw together the results on what combinations work well together, and what other combinations might do the same, and under what conditions. With this in mind we propose to facilitate discussion about cash plus what? In our discussion we want to ask people the following questions, drawing on their results and theories:

•             What could make that cash work better for adolescents?

•             What would you add to a cash transfer?

•             Are you advocating cash plus? If so, cash plus, what, and why?

•             Why are you suggesting this? What is the evidence around what people are suggesting?

•             What do you suggest is the mechanism through which the combination is working?


Dr Chris Desmond (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)
Professor Elleke Boehmer (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
Dr Hillary Musarurwa (University of Cape Town, South Africa)

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