Cash transfer programs, growing around the globe since the mid-1990s, are a cost-effective way to improve the lives of poor households across many domains. Explore our work on cash transfers, programs that address poor households’ severe budget constraints and many investment needs ranging across education, health, household, and business.
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31 Jul 2018
No Lost Generation/Min Ila was Lebanon’s only child-focused social assistance program for refugee families, reaching around 50,000 children over two years with regular, predictable social assistance. Through the provision of a regular cash transfer, household visits, and an integrated referral mechanism, families were supported to invest in their children themselves, demonstrating significant positive impacts.
30 Jun 2018
Lebanon hosts 1.5 million Syrians who have fled conflict in Syria, as well as 34,000 Palestine refugees from Syria. Over half of the school-aged children in this population are not enrolled in a certified education program. AIR designed and implemented an impact evaluation of the No Lost Generation ("Min/Ila") child-focused cash transfer program; this report shares the findings from that evaluation.
10 Jun 2018
As a result of the Syrian conflict, Lebanon has one of the highest per capita ratios of registered refugees in the world. Despite efforts by the Lebanese Ministry of Education and Higher Education and its partners, approximately half the Syrian children of primary school age in Lebanon did not attend school in the 2015/16 school year. This paper documents the impact of a cash transfer program on the school participation of displaced Syrian children in Lebanon.
30 May 2018
The First 1,000 Most Critical Days Program was designed to offer mothers and babies in Zambia a suite of interventions to improve their health and development. This report is the result of an evaluation of the efficacy of this program.
17 May 2018
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.
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.
12 May 2017
Most Syrian refugees in Lebanon have arrived with limited savings and have struggled to earn steady incomes to meet their families’ basic needs, such as food, health care, and shelter. This sudden influx has created an education crisis in Lebanon that affects Syrian and vulnerable Lebanese children. The Min Ila cash transfer program is designed to address the income-related barrier to school attendance alongside existing interventions addressing non-income constraints. This policy brief provides a summary of the preliminary education impacts generated by the program.
The sudden influx of Syrian refugees into Lebanon has created an education crisis in Lebanon that affects Syrian and vulnerable Lebanese children. AIR and the UNICEF Office of Research–Innocenti are leading an independent impact evaluation of Min Ila, a cash transfer program for displaced Syrian children in the governorates of Mount Lebanon and Akkar. Created by UNICEF Lebanon in partnership with WFP and in cooperation with MEHE, the program is designed to address the income-related barrier to school attendance alongside existing interventions addressing non-income constraints.
31 Aug 2016
In sub-Saharan Africa, the poorest region in the world, the number of cash transfer programs has doubled in the last five years and reaches close to 50 million people. This paper examines the impact of these programs and the extent to which they offer a sustained pathway out of ultra-poverty.