October 19, 2016 – A team of local PEP researchers will hold a national policy conference in Lagos, Nigeria, to share the results of an experimental evaluation of the impact of an unconditional cash transfer program for the elderly, implemented over the past three years in Ekiti State, Nigeria.
In this study – selected for support under the PAGE initiative in 2013 – the researchers worked with the Ekiti State Ministry of Labor, Productivity and Human Development to evaluate the impact of the cash transfer scheme in terms of beneficiary well-being, using the experimental randomized controlled trial (RCT) method.
The research team collected and analyzed first-hand data from a sample of 6,326 potential beneficiaries (from 112 wards in Ekiti State) as well as from 24,176 household members to form their baseline data. Approximately 50% of the sample received cash transfers from the state government for one year (October 2013 to 2014), after which the entire sample was surveyed for a second time and the results analyzed to establish the impact of the program. Find out more about this PEP project.
Dissemination of the results for policy uptake
The research team has invited key policy makers and research users at both the state and federal levels, as well as stakeholders, members of the academia and the general public to their national policy conference. Most notably, the federal Minister for Budget and National Planning and the Chairs of the National House of Representatives Committees on Pensions and on Poverty Alleviation are expected to attend.
Those present will be invited to participate in discussions on current issues facing the social security system in Nigeria and how the team’s findings may inform policy decisions. More specifically, the team will propose a framework for the design and implementation of a national social security scheme targeting vulnerable groups in Nigeria. Following the team’s consultation activities with policy makers during the development of the National Priority Agenda for the Vulnerable, the researchers expect their findings and recommendations will influence policy at both the state and national levels.
After the team’s presentation of their research findings, the Director of Social Development at the federal Ministry of Budget and National Planning will chair a panel of ten discussants including state and federal government advisors, academics, journalists and members of the elderly population in Ekiti State. Following what is sure to be a lively and engaging discussion, policy makers will have the opportunity to offer their response to the findings and recommendations presented during the event.
As well as political engagement, the team is reaching out to the public to raise awareness, of both the program and their analysis, with a number of national media journalists being invited to attend the conference. Furthermore, five days before the conference, the project leader along with a representative of the Ekiti State Government and a researcher from the Federal University Oye will appear on DayBreak Nigeria, a national television program on EKTV. As well as an opportunity for the policy actors and stakeholders to discuss issues related to national social security, members of the public will also have the opportunity to ask questions and engage with the topic.