Award Winners

3ie selected 10 proposals for awards under the Social Protection Thematic Window.

The awardees were selected from 220 applications received for this window. 84 teams were invited to submit full proposals.

The awarded studies assess the impact of key social protection interventions in countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Nine of the ten studies fall into two clusters: cash transfers and public works programmes. The tenth study is an evaluation of a youth apprenticeship programme.

Browse award winners by sector

  • Cash transfers
  • Youth training
  • Public works

Cash transfers

Can community-based programmes extend the impacts of conditional cash transfers to low-income countries?

This study will assess the impact of a large-scale government-funded community-based conditional cash transfer program in 80 villages spread across three districts of Tanzania.  More detail

What is the impact of unconditional cash transfers on economic growth and HIV infection in Malawi?

This study examines the impact of Malawi's flagship unconditional cash transfer programme, with a specific focus on economic growth and HIV. This study also seeks to understand whether unconditional cashers can have country-wide effects. More details

How do conditional cash transfer programmes and pensions in Peru interact?

This study assesses the impact of the flagship pension programme of the Peruvian government Pension 65 and its interaction with the impact of the flagship Peruvian conditional cash transfer programme Juntos. The results of this study can aid the further understanding of how social protection programmes complement each other. More details 

What is the impact of unconditional cash transfers on economic growth and HIV infection in Zimbabwe?

This evaluation will assess the impact of unconditional cash transfers on HIV risk, child protection, and human capital in Zimbabwe. In addition, the evaluation will investigate the economy-wide impacts of the cash transfer by focusing on both target households and the local community. More details 

What is the impact of conditional and unconditional transfers on livelihoods and conservation?

This study focuses on the differential effects of conditional and unconditional cash transfers on livelihoods and conservation in the post-conflict setting of Sierra Leone. More details

What is the impact of food and cash transfers across countries and regions?

This evaluation focuses on the differential effects of food and cash transfers in Ecuador, Timor-Leste, Uganda, and Yemen, making it possible to assess the economic and social benefits of these programmes across countries. The study compares impacts of transfer modalities (cash, food rations or food vouchers) on dietary patterns, human capital, domestic violence and marriage. More details

Youth training

Do national apprenticeship programmes stimulate employment possibilities for the youth in Ghana?

This randomized evaluation will estimate the impact of a flagship apprenticeship programme on learning and employment outcomes among the youth in Ghana. More details

Public works

Can E-Governance Reduce Capture of Public Programmes? Experimental Evidence from India’s Employment Guarantee Scheme

This study evaluates the impact of an intervention to reduce the number of agents in the payment chain for distributing wages in a public employment programme, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), one of the largest social protection programmes in the world today. More details

What are the general equilibrium impacts of the productive safety net programme in Ethiopia?

This evaluation of Ethiopia’s flagship public works programme assesses the nation-wide impact of the programme. More details

What is the impact of Ethiopia’s productive safety net programme on children’s schooling and nutrition?

This study will examine the impact of Ethiopia’s productive safety net programme on children's schooling, the incidence and level of child labour, and the nutrition of children. More details

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