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2018: Evaluation of the CARD and UNICEF Cash Transfer Pilot Project for Pregnant Women and Children in Cambodia

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Full report: Volume I and Volume II
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Type of evaluation: Formative Evaluation
Language: English
Keywords: UNICEF Cambodia Evaluation -- Evaluation of the CARD and UNICEF Cash Transfer Pilot Project for Pregnant Women and Children in Cambodia
Date published: 31 March 2018
Pages: Vol I 69 pages; Vol II 125 pages

The Council for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Cash Transfer Pilot Project for Pregnant Women and Children in Cambodia was designed in 2013, targeting pregnant women and children under-five living in poverty. The pilot, implemented in Prasat Bakong district in Siem Reap province, aimed to remove financial bottlenecks for poor families to access services and nutritious diets and to stimulate demand for basic health and nutrition services. It was implemented within the existing government structure (sub-national administrations), without the creation of any external implementation body, to test the viability of delivering cash transfers using government systems.

 

The target beneficiaries were provided cash transfers along with education sessions on topics of maternal health, child health and nutrition once every two months. Each eligible woman and child was entitled to receive a basic transfer of US$ 5 per month unconditionally upon enrolment along with bonus transfers totalling to a maximum amount of US$ 90 per year. The bonus payment was linked to fulfilment of conditions related to health seeking behaviors, namely pre-natal check-ups, institutional delivery and post-natal check-ups, attending growth monitoring sessions, obtaining recommended vaccinations for children under five and attending health and nutrition education sessions.

 

The objective of the evaluation was to identify good practices and draw lessons from the cash transfer pilot project regarding overall relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and equity of the design and implementation of the project. The evaluation was also aimed at informing the scale-up of this project and the design of the national cash transfer programme for countrywide roll-out led by the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) as planned under the National Social Protection Policy Framework 2016-2025.

 

 
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