Cash transfer scheme raised savings, but had little other impacts — W’ Bank

The World Bank said yesterday the conditional cash transfer programme of the Federal Government has had limited impact on household consumption and financial inclusion.

It disclosed this in its latest report, titled, ‘Beta Don Come: Effects of Cash Transfers on Women and Households in Nigeria’.

According to the report, the intervention also had a limited impact on employment, especially for women.
The report cited the 2016 cash transfer programme when the federal government launched the National Social Safety Nets Project, NASSP.

At the launch of the programme, it said, the Federal Government had provided households a cash transfer of N 5,000, disbursed as a lump sum every two months.
Payments were given to each household’s primary caregiver — predominantly women — the report stated.

The World Bank, however, suggested that there is a need for a complementary livelihood to support the intervention to generate sustainable improvements in households’ self-sufficiency.

“Program participation improved several dimensions of households’ and women’s welfare over time,” the report reads.

“Households in communities that entered the program earlier experience larger increases in household savings and food security, along with increased access to farmland and livestock ownership, compared to similar households in communities that entered the program later.

“We also find improvements in caregivers’ self-reported happiness, decision-making autonomy over how to spend their own income, and freedom of movement.

“Positive impacts appear to primarily result from the saving mobilisation component of the program.
“Households are substantially more likely to save the longer they have been receiving cash transfers and to switch away from exclusively using the cash for household consumption.

“However, in contrast to these strong positive impacts, we do not find any statistically significant effects on overall household consumption or on caregivers’ employment and financial inclusion.”

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