Financial Incentives to Reduce Female Infanticide, Child Marriage and Promote Girls' Education: Impact

11th December 2020
Author: Huma Haider

This review examines evidence on the key design features and impact of programmes that use Conditional Cash Transfers (CCTs) or baby bonds to reduce female infanticide, child marriage and promote girl’s education. Conditional cash transfer (CCT) schemes have been adopted to promote the survival and well-being of girls. They provide parents with financial incentives to raise daughters; to delay marrying them until age 18, and to reduce the gender imbalance in school. Given that many CCT programmes aimed at addressing girl children are relatively new, it has in many cases been too early to evaluate their effectiveness. There is thus limited evidence of the impact of their implementation and outcomes. This helpdesk report focuses on recent studies, published in the past five years, on select programmes implemented in South Asia, particularly in India, for which there is the most available information. Evidence suggests that CCT programmes aimed at supporting the girl child have succeeded in promoting school enrolment and delaying marriage in South Asia. It is less clear, however, the extent to which these transfers have affected gender-biased sex selection.

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Suggested Citation

Haider, H. (2020). Financial incentives to reduce female infanticide, child marriage and to promote girls’ education. K4D Helpdesk Report 943. Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies. DOI: 10.19088/K4D.2021.004


11th December 2020


Continent: Asia

Country: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan