What to do when cash doesn’t solve a problem Discover the transformative power of cash plus programmes. Thanks to evidence-based research, we know that cash transfers work. The direct payment of cash promotes economic empowerment, contributing toward improved social outcomes and sustainable livelihoods. But for young people, who face a myriad of risks from violence to sexually transmitted diseases, cash alone is not a silver bullet. Results from several countries show that external conditions, such as the labour market or access to quality services, impact the success of cash transfers. In Tanzania, ‘cash plus’ programmes are helping to mitigate these additional risks, and prepare this promising group for healthy and productive adulthoods. Find out more about two recently released ‘cash plus’ reports and hear stories of how these initiatives can dramatically transform the lives of young people from Tanzania’s poorest households in our latest article.
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