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    The Lesotho Child Grants Programme (CGP) is an unconditional social cash transfer targeted to poor and vulnerable households. The objective of the CGP is to improve the living standards of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) so as to reduce malnutrition, improve health status, and increase school enrolment among OVC. Households are selected through a combination of proxy means testing and community validation and registered in the National Information System for Social Assistance (NISS A). The programme is run by the Ministry of Social Development, with financial support from the European Commission and technical support from UNIC EF-Lesotho. As of March 2014, the CGP reached 19 800 households and provided benefits for approximately 65 000 children across 10 districts in Lesotho. Since 2009 the nature of the CGP has been transformed. From an exclusively donor-supported pilot, the CGP has developed institutional and operational systems for roll-out at a national scale. Funding has bee n taken over by the government, which is now considering nationwide expansion of the CGP and the NISS A, with the latter serving as a platform for better harmonizing social protection interventions in the country.
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    Gender differences in child investment behaviour among agricultural households: Evidence from the Lesotho Child Grants Programme 2017
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    The report examines the impacts of an unconditional cash transfer in Lesotho, the Child Grants Programme, aimed at enhancing children’s nutrition and schooling. Using an experimental impact evaluation design, the analysis looks specifically at gender-differentiated impacts in children’s school participation and time use among agricultural households two years after the start of the programme. In addition, the paper tests whether household structure and gender of the designated cash recipient inf luences the programme’s impact on child welfare.
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    Impacts of the Child Grants Programme on the local economy in Lesotho 2013
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    The objective of Lesotho’s Child Grants Programme (CGP) is to improve the living standards of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) so as to reduce malnutrition, improve health status, and increase school enrolment among OVC. The CGP seeks to accomplish this via an unconditional cash transfer targeted at poor and vulnerable households. The programme’s immediate impact will be to raise the purchasing power of the beneficiary households. The LSL 1 440 transfer represents an average of 22 percent of the income of the treated households, every quarter the programme transfers LSL 3.3 million to 2 299 households.

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