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Productive Impacts of the Child Grant Programme in Zambia

2015 — By Silvio Daidone, Benjamin Davis, Joshua Dewbre, Mario González-Flores, Sudhanshu Handa, David Seidenfled and Gelson Tembo.

This short one page paper looks at the impacts of the Child Grant Programme in Zambia on asset ownership, agricultural activity, non-farm business activities, labour supply and local economies.

The CGP is one of Zambia’s flagship social protection schemes. It targets ultra-poor districts not previously served by other government programmes. Established in 2010, the CGP reaches 20,000 households with children under the age of five. At the time of the baseline household survey in 2010, beneficiary households received Kwacha (ZMK) 55 a month (about USD12) regardless of household size; this amount was subsequently increased to ZMK60 a month. The grant represents 28 per cent of monthly consumption. Payments were regular and made on a bimonthly basis.