Established in 2008, the project is a collaborative network between UNICEF Innocenti, FAO, University of North Carolina, UNICEF Regional and Country Offices, national governments, and local research partners.
UNICEF supports the design, implementation and evaluation of social protection across the globe. UNICEF Country Office Social Policy Specialists serve as key links to national policy dialogues and provide technical assistance to Governments. The UNICEF Office of Research—Innocenti Social and Economic Policy Unit leads mixed-method evaluations of cash transfer impacts on household, adolescent and child wellbeing (including safe transitions, schooling, health, productive activities), and leads in-depth research agendas on cash plus, humanitarian settings, and gender dynamics.Selected through a competitive tender process, the Carolina Population Center (CPC) at the University of North Carolina is the Transfer Project’s International Research Partner. Working on path-breaking research in 85 countries, the CPC has a record of excellence in collecting, analyzing and disseminating complex longitudinal data in developing countries, and has a wide bank of experienced researchers from diverse disciplines. UNC researchers lead and support mixed-method evaluations across diverse topics.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) works in partnership with the Transfer Project, providing both research and technical assistance at the country level. FAO researchers use a mixed method approach that combines econometric analysis, local economy Social Accounting Matrix (SAM) / Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) models, and qualitative methods. Research focuses on household level agricultural production, resilience and labour outcomes, impacts on social networks and multiplier effects in the local economy.