Supporting the Social Cash Transfer Program in Malawi

Client: Malawi Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability, and Social Welfare
Location: Malawi
Sector: Multi-sector, Social Protection
Dates of service: June 2018 - May 2020
IDinsight service: Embedded Learning Partnership (includes process evaluation, impact evaluation, data analytics, evidence review, and monitoring support)
IDinsight contacts: Christopher Chibwana, Martin Gould, Inutu Kongwa, Philile Shongwe, Valentina Brailovskaya
Status: Active
Additional Resources: Using Administrative Data to Inform Cash Transfer Programming

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


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. The Government is also interested in evaluating cash-plus activities that can eventually help SCTP beneficiaries graduate out of the program.

Evidence Needs


IDinsight Service

Working with the MoGCD&SW and the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning, and Development (MoFEPD), IDinsight provides multifaceted services including: analyzing existing program data, supporting the Ministries’ learning and internal capacity, testing innovations to improve the long-term impact of the SCTP, and evaluating potential cash-plus or graduation activities. IDinsight will work on two specific workstreams: (1) data systems strengthening, which includes providing comprehensive data support to the Monitoring and Evaluation teams in the Ministry and running capacity building sessions as requested, (2) social protection plus, which includes working with several stakeholders in Malawi to understand the landscape of graduation in the country as well as generating, collating, and interpreting evidence surrounding these graduation programmes as needed for policy-relevant decision making.


Results

Project is on-going.


Impact

Project is on-going