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Household-based cash transfer targeting strategies in Zimbabwe: Are we reaching the most vulnerable children?


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  • Robertson, Laura
  • Mushati, Phyllis
  • Eaton, Jeffrey W.
  • Sherr, Lorraine
  • Makoni, Jeremiah C.
  • Skovdal, Morten
  • Crea, Tom
  • Mavise, Gideon
  • Dumba, Lovemore
  • Schumacher, Christina
  • Munyati, Shungu
  • Nyamukapa, Constance
  • Gregson, Simon
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    Census data, collected in July 2009, from 27,672 children were used to compare the effectiveness, coverage and efficacy of three household-based methods for targeting cash transfers to vulnerable children in eastern Zimbabwe: targeting the poorest households using a wealth index; targeting HIV-affected households using socio-demographic information (households caring for orphans, chronically-ill or disabled members; child-headed households); and targeting labour-constrained households using dependency ratios. All three methods failed to identify large numbers of children with poor social and educational outcomes. The wealth index approach was the most efficient at reaching children with poor outcomes whilst socio-demographic targeting reached more vulnerable children but was less efficient.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Social Science & Medicine.

    Volume (Year): 75 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 12 ()
    Pages: 2503-2508

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:75:y:2012:i:12:p:2503-2508

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    Keywords: Sub-Saharan Africa; Zimbabwe; Children; Cash transfers; HIV/AIDS; Social welfare;


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    1. Morten Skovdal & Laura Robertson & Phyllis Mushati & Lovemore Dumba & Lorraine Sherr & Constance Nyamukapa & Simon Gregson, 2013. "Acceptability of conditions in a community-led cash transfer programme for orphaned and vulnerable children in Zimbabwe," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 52945, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    2. Robertson, Laura & Mushati, Phyllis & Skovdal, Morten & Eaton, Jeffrey W. & Makoni, Jeremiah C. & Crea, Tom & Mavise, Gideon & Dumba, Lovemore & Schumacher, Christina & Sherr, Lorraine & Nyamukapa, Co, 2014. "Involving Communities in the Targeting of Cash Transfer Programs for Vulnerable Children: Opportunities and Challenges," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 54(C), pages 325-337.


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