Cash Plus and Beyond

Organizations: United Nations international Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF)

Title: Cash Plus and Beyond
21 March 2018
3.30pm - 5.30pm
Main Auditorium

Session Brief 

The broad-ranging benefits of cash transfers are now widely recognized. However, the evidence base highlights that they often fall short in achieving longer-term and second-order impacts related to nutrition, learning outcomes and morbidity. In recognition of these limitations, several ‘cash plus’ initiatives have been introduced, whereby cash transfers are combined with one or more types of complementary support. This session aims to identify key factors for successful implementation of these increasingly popular ‘cash plus’ programmes, based on (i) a review of the emerging evidence base of ‘cash plus’ interventions and (ii) an examination of various case studies, namely IN-SCT in Ethiopia, LEAP in Ghana and PSSN in Tanzania. The case studies will showcase how the effective implementation of ‘cash plus’ components can contribute to greater impacts of the respective programmes by addressing some of the non-financial and structural barriers that poor people face and have reinforced the positive effects of cash transfer programmes. The session will also provide considerations, challenges and lessons learned for policy makers and development partners when designing such programmes.


  • Create awareness of existing cash plus and beyond cash models
  • Participants have increased knowledge of the state of evidence on cash, cash plus and beyond cash models, what works and what doesn’t
  • Identify knowledge and evidence gaps in the area of cash plus and beyond
  • De-bunking the myths around Cash and Cash plus models

Draft Agenda:

Moderator: Lisa Hjelm, Social Policy Officer UNICEF East and South Africa Regional office

  • Framing presentation: “How to make cash plus work”: General overview of cash plus and existing Models. (15 min)
    Presenter: Pamela Dale, Social Projection Specialist UNICEF East and South Africa Regional office

  • Case Study 1: Cash plus under the Productive Social Safety Net (PSSN) in Tanzania (linkages with livelihood opportunities for adolescents) (15 min)
    Presenter: Rikke Le Kirkegaard, HIV Officer UNICEF Tanzania.

  • Case Study 2: Improved Nutrition through Integrated Basic Social Services with Social Cash Transfer (IN-SCT) (15 min)
    Presenter: Lisa Marie Ouedraogo, Social Protection Specialist, UNICEF Ethiopia

  • Case Study 3: Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) in Ghana
    Presenter: Government of Ghana (TBC) (15 min)

  • Discussant: Mr. John Gachigi, Deputy Head Social Protection Secretariat, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, Kenya (15 min)

  • Question and Answers from the participants (45 min)

Expected number of participants: 50-80

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