Can Conditional Cash Transfers Improve Education and Nutrition Outcomes for Poor Children in Bangladesh?

Published By: The World Bank Group | Published Date: October, 01 , 2014

This paper uses panel data from a pilot project and evaluates the impact of conditional cash transfers on consumption, education, and nutrition outcomes among poor rural families in Bangladesh. Given implementation challenges the intervention was not able to improve school attendance. However the analysis shows that the pilot had a significant impact on the incidence of wasting among children who were 10–22 months old when the program started, reducing the share of children with weight-for-height below two standard deviations from the World Health Organization benchmark by 40 percent. The pilot was also able to improve nutrition knowledge: there was a significant increase in the proportion of beneficiary mothers who knew about the importance of exclusively breastfeeding infants until the age of six months. The results also suggest a significant positive impact on food consumption, especially consumption of food with high protein content.

Author(s): Céline Ferré, Iffath Sharif | Posted on: Feb 12, 2016 | Views() | Download (219)

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