Evaluation of the Social Cash Transfers Pilot Programme, Tigray Region, Ethiopia

In 2011, the Regional Government of Tigray, with support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), introduced the Social Cash Transfer Pilot Program (SCTPP) in two woredas, Abi Adi and Hintalo Wajirat. The SCTPP aims to improve the quality of life for vulnerable children, the elderly, and persons with disabilities (PWD). It has three overarching objectives:

  • Reduce poverty, hunger, and starvation in all households that are extremely poor and at the same time labor constrained;
  • Increase access to basic social welfare services such as healthcare and education; and
  • Generate information on the feasibility, cost-effectiveness, and impact of a social cash transfer scheme administered by the local administration.

The International Food Policy Research Institute, together with its collaborators, the Institute of Development Studies and the Department of Economics, Mekelle University, are responsible for the evaluation of the SCTPP. Their first report (Berhane et al. 2012) outlined the approach they proposed for this evaluation work. This report, the second to be produced, is based on quantitative data collected at the individual, household, and tabia level in May-June 2012 and qualitative data collected using key informant interviews, focus group discussions, and participatory appraisal activities in July-August 2012. Subsequent work, to be based on further quantitative and qualitative data collection, will focus on the impact of the SCTPP on a wide range of indicators while also deepening our understanding of the strengths and limitations of program implementation.

Read the full Baseline Evaluation Report and Endline Evaluation Report.