Burkina Faso: Conditional and Unconditional Cash Transfers in the Nahouri Province of Burkina Faso

October 3, 2016

(Evaluation completed)

Carried out under the pre-2012 SIEF fund.


SIEF Cluster

Health (Conditional Cash Transfers)


Burkina Faso

The Challenge

To ensure that children under 5 receive regular health checkups and
access proper medical care when needed, and that school-age children
attend primary school.

The Project

Cash transfers were given to mothers and fathers in about 3,200
households in 75 villages that had a primary school within
a five-kilometer radius to encourage parents to take their children
for routine healthcare visits.

The Findings

Conditional cash transfers boosted preventive health care visits for
children by more than 40% regardless of the gender of the child
or which parent received the money. Unconditional cash transfers
did not have the same effect. The increase in checkups was greatest
for children aged 24 to 59 months.

The Impact

The Government of Burkina Fast is using the findings to craft a new
safety net project, which is in the preparatory stages. The findings
are also being used to help define safety net programs in Burkina Faso.


(Data from) 2008-2010