Nigeria Cash Transfers, Livelihood Mentoring, Nutrition and Agriculture Support Impact Evaluation
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Trial Information
General Information
Title
Nigeria Cash Transfers, Livelihood Mentoring, Nutrition and Agriculture Support Impact Evaluation
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0003015
Initial registration date
May 29, 2018
Last updated
July 10, 2018 12:37 PM EDT
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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
The World Bank
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
World Bank
PI Affiliation
World Bank
PI Affiliation
World Bank
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2015-04-15
End date
2020-04-15
Secondary IDs
Abstract
This study describes the randomized control trial (RCT) conducted by the World Bank’s Africa Gender Innovation Lab (GIL) to evaluate the Feed the Future Nigeria Livelihoods Project (FNLP). This impact evaluation, beyond providing an estimation of the impact of the FNLP bundled support package (the combination of nutrition, livelihood and agriculture extension programs provided at the village level), focused on evaluating two key interventions: 1) a household mentoring program to deliver livelihood planning and training (caseworker model), and 2) unconditional cash transfers for the extremely vulnerable households.

FNLP is a multi-component development project based on the ultra-poor graduation model that intends to help 42,000 very poor households across rural communities of northern Nigeria’s Sokoto and Kebbi states, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). FNLP is a 5-year program implemented by Catholic Relief Services (CRS). Both the program and the impact evaluation are funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

This program approach is founded on an agriculture-led growth strategy that is expected to help vulnerable families diversify their income and grow assets while the community is strengthened by improving nutrition, water sanitation, and hygiene. The most vulnerable families receive cash transfers. A caseworker led livelihood mentoring scheme also matches households with the resources they need to engage effectively in the local economy and break free from the cycle of poverty and malnutrition.
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Registration Citation
Citation
Bastian, Gautam et al. 2018. "Nigeria Cash Transfers, Livelihood Mentoring, Nutrition and Agriculture Support Impact Evaluation." AEA RCT Registry. July 10. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/3015/history/31655
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
FNLP is a multi-component development project based on the ultra-poor graduation model that intends to help 42,000 very poor households across rural communities of northern Nigeria’s Sokoto and Kebbi states, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). FNLP is a 5-year program implemented by Catholic Relief Services (CRS). Both the program and the impact evaluation are funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

This program approach is founded on an agriculture-led growth strategy that is expected to help vulnerable families diversify their income and grow assets while the community is strengthened by improving nutrition, water sanitation, and hygiene. The most vulnerable families receive cash transfers. A caseworker led livelihood mentoring scheme also matches households with the resources they need to engage effectively in the local economy and break free from the cycle of poverty and malnutrition.
Intervention Start Date
2015-07-01
Intervention End Date
2017-07-31
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Assets, consumption, nutrition, food security, labor force participation and gender based violence.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Agricultural outcomes , enterprise variables, financial variables, empowerment, happiness, risk and worries, shocks, malnutrition and health, children's schooling and knowledge.
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
The impact evaluation composed of three main experiments: village-level impacts of FNLP (E1); household-level impacts of caseworker mentoring (E2): and household-level impacts of varying the size and frequency of cash transfers (E3).
In the first experiment, half the eligible villages identified by the implementer, were randomly selected to receive the FNLP intervention; the other half of the villages did not receive the FNLP interventions. This clustered experiment allows us to identify the overall effect of the program on beneficiary households inside eligible villages since the treated households and non-treated households will be in different villages. The vulnerable households within the villages were identified through a community-based poverty assessment validated by a Progress Out of Poverty Index (PPI) survey. The evaluation of the caseworker model examines the impact of the livelihood-planning and mentoring program on reducing vulnerability especially through the encouragement to take-up FNLP and other public services available to households. Local female volunteers trained by CRS, known as liaisons, provide the in-home mentoring. Beneficiary households are trained to plan their livelihoods and manage their income to help them graduate out of poverty. Liaisons will also facilitate women’s caregiver groups, focused on life skills like hygiene and family planning. The caseworker experiment allows us to identify the incremental effect of livelihood mentoring on households in FNLP villages.
The cash transfers evaluation assessed the impact of providing unconditional cash transfers to women in extremely vulnerable (EV) households.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization of FNLP villages and caseworker intervention done in office by a computer. Cash transfers randomization done by public lotteries.
Randomization Unit
village randomization (E1) and household level randomizations (E2 and E3)
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
A total sample size of 4,000 households across 104 villages.
Sample size: planned number of observations
4,000 households
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Village Randomization FNLP Program 104 villages (52 treatment and 52 control)
Caseworker experiment: households in FNLP treatment villages (50% treatment and 50% control)
Cash Transfer experiment: 2,400 households (600 monthly; 600 quarterly; 1,200 control)
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Health Media Lab (HML) Institutional Review Board
IRB Approval Date
2018-04-27
IRB Approval Number
N/A
IRB Name
Health Media Lab (HML) Institutional Review Board
IRB Approval Date
2016-11-16
IRB Approval Number
N/A
Analysis Plan
Analysis Plan Documents
Feed the Future Nigeria Livelihoods Project Pre-Analysis Plan

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