05 July 2020

National Aid Fund Cash Transfer Pilot

The report analyses the beneficiaries’ perception of how much the cash assistance contributed towards covering the household’s basic needs (education, health, food, housing and winterization) and how it prevented the use of negative coping mechanisms (withdrawing children from school, child begging, child labour), along with exploring the perceived purpose of the cash transfer. Overall, the findings show that the perceived contribution of the cash assistance programmes, by both NAF and UNICEF, is positive in terms of covering basic needs, especially in regard to educational outcomes and negative coping mechanisms. The results showed that the that the cash support had the most positive effect on children’s commitment to school, with 76.8 per cent and 86 per cent of the NAF and UNICEF respondents respectively, stating that the assistance had high or medium perceived impact. One of the most important indicators for analyzing the effect of the cash assistance on educational outcomes is how the assistance improved children’s level of learning. The majority of beneficiaries of both samples (73.2 per cent NAF, 83 per cent UNICEF) reported that the cash assistance had either a high or medium perceived effect on their children’s level of learning. The perceived contribution of the cash assistance on reducing the adoption of coping mechanisms are positive overall, with approximately 35 per cent of beneficiaries reporting that they had not resorted to any negative coping strategy.