Since 2001, AIR has been working in Zambia, conducting multi-method impact and process evaluations across many sectors such as health, WASH, social protection, early childhood development, nutrition, and education. Explore our projects and read about our regional office.
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6 Feb 2018
The relationship between happiness and income has been at the center of a vibrant debate, as emotional states are an important determinant of health and social behavior. This study investigated whether a government-run unconditional cash transfer paid directly to women in poor households had an impact on self-reported happiness.
30 Jan 2016
Despite the promise and potential of cash transfers to empower women, the evidence supporting this outcome is mixed. This paper based on an evaluation of the Government of Zambia’s Child Grant Programme, a transfer given to mothers or primary caregivers of young children aged 0 to 5, shows there is potential for national, poverty-targeted, unconditional, government-run programmes in Africa to improve the well-being of female beneficiaries.
28 Jul 2015
In the Field
How can we curtail extreme poverty? It’s a question weighing on governments around the world. In the Republic of Zambia, the answer is one household at a time. The Child Grant program supported the country's lowest-income households and demonstrated a number of successes after three years, including increased food consumption and reduction of family debt.
Lusaka, Zambia faces many challenges with regard to water supply, sanitation, and waste management. This is especially true for residents of peri-urban areas, where many of the city’s poorest and most vulnerable people reside. The Millennium Challenge Account-Zambia supports the implementation of water supply, water quality, sanitation, and hygiene interventions under the Lusaka Water Supply Sanitation and Drainage Project.
13 Oct 2014
In 2011, Zambia’s Ministry of Community Development, Women and Child Health (MCDMCH) began implementing the Multiple Categorical cash transfer program in two districts. An impact evaluation with experimental design accompanied the program in order to learn its effects on recipients and provide evidence for making decisions about the future of the program. AIR was contracted by UNICEF Zambia to design and implement a randomized, controlled trial for a three-year impact evaluation of the program and to conduct the necessary data collection, analysis, and reporting.
4 Jun 2014
Zambia rolled out a no-strings-attached cash transfer program in 2010 for households with at least one child under five. Here’s a quick look at some of the results.
A majority of Zimbabweans lack sufficient resources to provide nutritional meals, access to health care, school supplies, and clothing to their family on a regular basis. AIR conducted an impact evaluation of this cash transfer program implemented in 3,000 households in Zimbabwe.
28 Nov 2011
In 2010, Zambia’s Ministry of Community Development and Social Services began implementing the Child Grant cash transfer program in three districts. An impact evaluation with experimental design accompanied the program in order to learn its effects on recipients and provide evidence for making decisions about the future of the program. AIR was contracted by UNICEF Zambia in 2010 to design and implement a randomized controlled trial for a three-year impact evaluation of the program and to conduct the necessary data collection, analysis, and reporting.
Zambia’s Child Grant cash transfer program provides grants directly to poor households with children under five years old, empowering families to decide how best to meet their needs. AIR conducted an evaluation and found gains greater than the value of the transfer size itself.