MEDIA RELEASE: Cash aid improves the lives of women and girls – new briefing

16 March 2017

Women and girls in poor countries have better prospects in work, education and a range of other areas if they receive cash transfers – according to research published today by the Overseas Development Institute, a UK think tank.

Women and girls in homes who receive cash transfers tend to have:

  • Better chances of being in school.
  • A greater role in household decision-making.
  • Less chance of being child labourers
  • But are more likely to be working as an adult

Whilst cash transfers benefit both men and women, the impacts are sometimes different.

These findings are shown in a new briefing paper: The impact of cash transfers on women and girls.

This is part of a larger report Cash transfers: What does the evidence say?, which looked at 165 studies in studies in Latin America, sub-Saharan and north Africa, east, south and central Asia, and the middle east.

Overseas Development Institute research fellow Jessica Hagen-Zanker, who worked on the report, said: 'Both women and men spend cash in ways that are beneficial for their families, but in some cases – for example investment in livestock and seeds –the impacts of cash transfers can be enhanced when targeting women.'


Read the full report here:

And the new briefing paper -

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