Malawi Social Cash Transfer Programme (SCTP) Longitudinal Impact Evaluation

Building resilience for children and their families through SCTP

A mother holding money received from SCTP
UNICEF Malawi/2023/ Elephant Media


This Research Brief provides key findings from the baseline data collected as part of the SCTP long-term impact evaluation (IE). The objectives of the long-term IE are: 1) to understand the impact of the programme on current beneficiaries across social, protective, productive and resilience domains, and 2) to understand what happens to households that exit the programme, whether they can sustain the standard of living they achieved while on the programme or whether they fall back into ultra-poverty. The study consists of a mixed-methods longitudinal design, and baseline quantitative and qualitative data collection was undertaken in April-May 2022. The quantitative design entails four study groups: 1) new entrants into the SCTP (those who were assessed and deemed to be newly eligible); 2) exiting households (those who were reassessed and deemed no longer eligible for the programme); 3) continuing households (those who were reassessed and continue to be eligible for the programme); 4) comparison households (those who are designated as ‘preeligible’ and thus form part of the waiting list). The quantitative component of the long-term study will follow these four groups of households in three districts (Balaka, Dedza and Nkhata Bay),

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