Cash Transfers and Child Nutrition: Pathways and Impacts

The FSNR working group points to an article jointly published by USAID, ODI and Sida. It examines the extent to which cash transfer programmes can improve child nutrition

Childhood malnutrition remains a significant global problem, with an estimated 162 million children under the age of five suffering from stunted growth.

The article adopts a framework that captures and explains the pathways and determinants of child nutrition. The framework is then used to organize and discuss evidence from the impact evaluation literature, focusing on impact pathways and new and emerging findings from sub-Saharan Africa to identify critical elements that determine child nutrition outcomes as well as knowledge gaps requiring further research, such as children’s dietary diversity, caregiver behaviours and stress.


The article can be retrieved at