Last week Family for Every Child, in partnership with the Centre for Social Protection at the Institute for Development Studies, launched a new report on the relationship between cash transfers and protection of children by families.

The research, jointly produced by Family for Every Child’s member organizations Uyisenga Ni Imanzi (Rwanda), Challenging Heights (Ghana) and Children in Distress Network (South Africa), shows that effective high-quality governmental cash transfer programs can improve children’s well-being, protection and care by their families. It also shows that poorly designed cash transfer schemes can do more harm than good.

In order for cash transfers to improve care, they must:

  • Promote meaningful links between social and child protection systems;
  • Sensitize communities about the importance of good care;
  • Avoid over-burdening social workers with excessive administration of grants;
  • Provide childcare for public works components;and provide grants of a meaningful size that are paid on time.

To read more about the study, view the infographic on key research findings, or download the report click here.