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The Reach and Impact of Child Support Grants: Evidence from KwaZulu-Natal


  • Anne Case

    (Princeton University and Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies)

  • Victoria Hosegood

    (Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)

  • Frances Lund

    (University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban and Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies)


Poverty is again at the center of debates about development. Dominant international institutions have committed themselves to addressing poverty, notably the World Bank, through its Poverty Reduction Strategies, and the United Nations, through the Millennium Development Goals. Discussion has also focused on alternative roles for the state, with particular interest in the part the state may play in social protection, and in addressing chronic poverty.

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  • Anne Case & Victoria Hosegood & Frances Lund, 2004. "The Reach and Impact of Child Support Grants: Evidence from KwaZulu-Natal," Working Papers 241, Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Center for Health and Wellbeing..
  • Handle: RePEc:pri:cheawb:42

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    13. Akresh, Richard & de Walque, Damien & Kazianga, Harounan, 2013. "Cash transfers and child schooling : evidence from a randomized evaluation of the role of conditionality," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6340, The World Bank.
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    18. Eyal, Katherine & Woolard, Ingrid, 2013. "School Enrolment and the Child Support Grant: Evidence from South Africa," SALDRU Working Papers 125, Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, University of Cape Town.
    19. Lucie D Cluver & F Mark Orkin & Franziska Meinck & Mark E Boyes & Alexa R Yakubovich & Lorraine Sherr, 2016. "Can Social Protection Improve Sustainable Development Goals for Adolescent Health?," PLOS ONE, Public Library of Science, vol. 11(10), pages 1-20, October.
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    22. Dorrit Posel, 2016. "Inter-household transfers in South Africa: prevalence, patterns and poverty," SALDRU Working Papers 180, Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, University of Cape Town.

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    South Africa;

    JEL classification:

    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure


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