Social Cash Transfers, Generational Relations and Youth Poverty Trajectories in Rural Lesotho and Malawi

This three-year collaborative research project has been generating evidence about the ways in which social cash transfer (SCT) schemes intervene in, and potentially transform, the structural power relations that underlie the reproduction of poverty. It focuses on rural youth and draws on qualitative research in two rural communities, one in Malawi, which has recently introduced social cash transfers to ultra-poor labour-constrained households, and the other in Lesotho which operates social pensions and child grants. The research also focuses on the policy communities that designed and are implementing the schemes. It is funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council and Department for International Development.