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Alternative cash transfer delivery mechanisms : impacts on routine preventative health clinic visits in Burkina Faso
 
Author:Akresh, Richard; de Walque, Damien; Kazianga, Harounan; Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 5958Paper is funded by the Knowledge for Change Program (KCP)
Country:Burkina Faso; Date Stored:2012/01/23
Document Date:2012/01/01Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
Language:EnglishMajor Sector:Education
Rel. Proj ID:BF-Conditional Cash Transfers In Burkina Faso -- -- P099430;Region:Africa
Report Number:WPS5958Sub Sectors:General education sector
TF No/Name:TF094734-EVALUATION OF THE IMPACT OF A PILOT-PROJECT OF CONDITIONAL AND UNCONDI; TF093857-EVALUATING THE IMPACT OF A CONDITIONAL CASH TRANSFER PROGRAM AS A SOCIA; TF091649-GENDERVolume No:1 of 1

Summary: The authors conducted a unique randomized experiment to estimate the impact of two alternative cash transfer delivery mechanisms on household demand for routine preventative health services in rural Burkina Faso. The two-year pilot program randomly distributed cash transfers that were either conditional or unconditional, and the money was given to either mothers or fathers. Families enrolled in the conditional cash transfer schemes were required to obtain quarterly child-growth monitoring at local health clinics for all children under five years old. There was not such a requirement under the unconditional programs. Compared with control group households, conditional cash transfers significantly increased the number of preventative health care visits during the previous year, while unconditional cash transfers did not have such an impact. For the conditional cash transfers, money given to mothers or fathers showed beneficial impacts of similar magnitude in increasing routine visits.

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