Promoting Inclusive Markets and Financial Systems
Social Welfare and Cash Transfer Meeting Communiqué
In 2007, UNICEF and Save the Children UK convened a meeting entitled Advancing Policy Relevant Research Around Social Welfare Services. In response to the 2007 meeting, UNICEF Child Protection section commissioned three reviews examining the relationship between cash transfers and social welfare services.
In April 2009, social welfare and cash transfer experts gathered in Carmona, Spain to examine the results of the reviews. Meeting delegates explored the findings with a specific focus on integration of social welfare services and cash transfers in Ghana, Chile, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Kenya.
The reviews examined evidence which summarized the following:
- the efficacy of cash transfer initiatives on child outcomes including child protection outcomes;
- the potential contact opportunities within cash transfer programmes for linkages with social welfare services;
- common barriers and challenges faced by beneficiaries across a range of cash transfer programmes;
- the role of the education sector in providing social welfare services where school attendance is an explicit outcome objective in the provision of cash.
The participants determined that There is good evidence on the efficacy of cash transfers on child outcomes, yet it is clear that cash transfers are not enough on their own to respond to child poverty. This and other findings were compiled into a joint communiqué issued by the meeting participants, which can be downloaded by following the link below.
The systematic reviews, alongside advocacy briefs on what the findings mean for policy, practice and future research, will be published in a special issue of the Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies journal later this year.