The South African Child Support Grant Impact Assessment: Evidence from a survey of children, adolescents and their households


The evaluation seeks to test the Theory of Change as outlined in terms of thefollowing propositions:
(a) Cash grants targeted at children directly reduces poverty and vulnerability.
(b) The CSG both increases consumption and enables poor households and carers to participate in productive economic activity (e.g. to look for work).
(c) The CSG addresses the underlying causes of poverty, by enabling poor households to invest in physical, social and human capital assets (education, health, nutrition), that can generate future streams of income.
(d) Receipt of the CSG reduces risky behaviour by adolescents, such as transactional sex, alcohol consumption and substance abuse.
(e) The appropriate design (unconditional, targeting caregivers) and effective implementation (regular delivery, low costs to participants) work to maximise the programme’s social and economic impacts.


Evaluation Number:
Report Approval:
Tuesday, 01 May 2012
Monday, 10 December 2012
Initiated By:
Department of Social Development, South African Social Security Agency, UNICEF South Africa
Undertaken By:
Economic Policy Research Institute (EPRI), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Evaluation Period:
2009 - May 2012
Evaluation Area:
Social development, social security & assistance
National Outcome:
National Outcome 2: A long and healthy life for all South Africans.
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Evaluation Documents

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136 EQAT 20130322 kk_mb.pdf
SAF_resources csg2012s 136.pdf
136 Executive Summary 20130322 mb.pdf

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