Supporting a social protection framework in Zambia

Client: World Bank
Partners: Government of Zambia’s Ministry of Community Development and Social Services (MCDSS)
Sector: Social Protection
Dates of service: April - July 2019
IDinsight service: Process Evaluation
IDinsight contacts: Lilay Berhane
Status: Complete

The Problem

In February 2019, the Zambian government launched the Integrated Framework of Basic Social Protection Programs (IFBSPP). The framework defined, among other things, a set of guidelines for linking consumption support programs like the Social Cash Transfer (SCT) with livelihood programs like Supporting Women’s Livelihoods (SWL).

A pilot of this "Cash Plus" approach was launched in Mambwe district where SWL beneficiaries were selected from a subset of SCT beneficiaries that match the SWL criteria. Evidence was needed on successes and areas of improvement during program implementation in Mambwe, to inform scale-up to other districts.

Evidence Needs

IDinsight Service

IDinsight, through the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services (MCDSS), conducted a process evaluation to assess how the Cash Plus approach was implemented in Mambwe and how best it can be implemented in other districts during the scale up of SWL. The study findings are intended to inform how up to 75,000 beneficiaries would receive the Cash Plus approach.