From Protection to Production: Productive Impacts of the Malawi Social Cash Transfer Scheme

Journal of Development Effectiveness, 2012

Posted: 8 Jan 2019

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Paul Winters

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Benjamin Davis

UNICEF South Africa

Date Written: Feb 22, 2012

Abstract

The Malawi Social Cash Transfer (SCT) scheme is part of a wave of social protection programmes providing cash to poor households in order to reduce poverty and hunger and promote child education and health. This paper looks beyond the protective function of such programmes, analysing their productive impacts. Taking advantage of an experimental impact evaluation design, we find the SCT generates agricultural asset investments, reduces adult participation in low skilled labour, and limits child labour outside the home while increasing child involvement in household farm activities. The paper dispels the notion that cash support to ultra poor households in Malawi is charity or welfare, and provides evidence of its economic development impacts.

Suggested Citation

Winters, Paul and Davis, Benjamin, From Protection to Production: Productive Impacts of the Malawi Social Cash Transfer Scheme (Feb 22, 2012). Journal of Development Effectiveness, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3306635

Paul Winters (Contact Author)

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) ( email )

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Benjamin Davis

UNICEF South Africa ( email )

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Pretoria
South Africa

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