Impacting the Ultra-Poor in Malawi through a Social Cash Transfer Program

Women receive their cash transfers. Photo Credit: Malawi Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare

Women receive their cash transfers. Photo Credit: Malawi Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare

Client: Malawi Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability, and Social Welfare
Location: Malawi
Sector: Multi-sector
Dates of service:
IDinsight service: Learning Partnership
IDinsight contacts: Paul Wang
Status: Active


The Problem

Over 50% of Malawi’s population lives below the poverty line, with 25% living in extreme poverty. The Malawi government’s Social Cash Transfer Program (SCTP) targets ultra-poor and labor-constrained households. Households in this unconditional cash transfer program receive bimonthly transfers according to household size, with an additional bonus for each child enrolled in primary or secondary school.


The Malawi Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare (MoGCD&SW) desires an in-depth analysis of existing SCTP program data – including its specific components of targeting, case management, school enrollment, linkages and referrals, and child nutrition – with the goal of improving the SCTP.

Evidence Needs


IDinsight Service

As a learning partner of the MoGCD&SW, IDinsight provides multifaceted services: analyzing existing program data, supporting the ministry’s learning and internal capacity, and testing innovations to improve the long-term impact of the SCTP. IDinsight’s specific services include: pursuing a cash plus innovation fund to complement SCTP work, recommending interventions to improve child nutrition and school enrollment, and re-designing the government’s proxy means test (PMT) to improve the cost-effectiveness of beneficiary selection (using tools such as machine learning).


Results

Project is on-going


Impact

Project is on-going