PEP-PAGE video series

The "PEP-PAGE video series" was created to present each of the projects selected for support under the new PEP research and capacity building initiative for Policy Analysis on Growth and Employment (PAGE) in developing countries. The PAGE program is co-funded by UK's Department for International Development (DFID) and Canada's International Development Research Center (IDRC).

Click here to find more information on the PAGE program.

In June 2013, 23 projects were selected to receive support under the first round of PAGE funding. This is one of these projects:

Assessing the impact of a cash transfer program for the elderly - Ekiti State, Nigeria

Research objective and method

The main objective of this study is to assess the effectiveness of an unconditional cash transfer program for the elderly, currently being implemented in the Ekiti State (by State-level authorities) of Nigeria.

As the first program of this kind to be implemented in sub-Saharan Africa, a team of local researchers have sought the manifold support of PEP to help them seize the opportunity to conduct a rigorous impact evaluation of the program, using randomized controlled trials to assess whether (and how) these transfers affect the living conditions of the beneficiaries - with a focus on nutrition- and health-related outcomes (find out more about the method).

Click on the video to the right for a presentation of the project by the team leader.

Research questions

  • What is the impact of the Ekiti State cash transfer scheme on the living conditions of the beneficiaries (elderly), particularly on their expenditure patterns (e.g. food and alcohol consumption) and health?
  • How does the size of the impact on the beneficiaries (if any) differ by gender and location?
  • Are there any unintended effects/consequences associated with the scheme?

Research team

  • Mr. Damilola Olajide
    Initiative of Public Policy Analysis (IPPA)
  • Adaku Ezeide
    University of Nigeria, Nsukka
  • Ms. Florence Adebayo
    Directorate of Social Development, Ekiti State Government
  • Ms. Kafilah Gold
    Kwara State College of Education, Ilorin
  • Ms. Olufunke Olufemi
    Ikere College of Education
  • Mr. Olusegun Sotola
    Initiative of Public Policy Analysis (IPPA)



Project links and documents

Find out more about this project - its analytical approach and outcomes - through the following links/documents:


PEP project PIERI-12506 (web link)


Project proposal (Word doc)


Interim research report


Final research report


Working paper


Policy brief


Slide presentation


Policy responsiveness and engagement


The outcomes of the project will thus be used to assist directly in improving the scheme, by informing decisions related to the expansion/implementation of the program, while simultaneously helping to build capacity for impact evaluation within the government department.The same Directorate (of Social Development) is also in charge of local NGOs/CSOs operating in the State, who are other potential stakeholders/users of the project's outcomes.

  • Ekiti State government level:  Ministry of Labour, Productivity and Human Development, Directorate of Social Development (Ekiti State Government Commission), Office of the State Governor, House of Assembly,  as well as all political parties in Ekiti State
  • National (Federal government) level : National Planning Commission and Committee on Labour, Employment, and Productivity (Federal House of Representatives) -  in Abuja
  • International level


Recent updates reported by the research team

The research team held a training workshop for enumerators recruited amidst the (16) local government units of Ekiti State, to assist in administering the evaluation surveys with the sample population groups.

The workshop aimed to inform the enumerators of the exact  information that each question of the survey aimed to capture, and to ensure faithful translation into Yoruba languages (Ekiti dialect).

Several government officials attended the workshop and were very enthusiastic about the design of the survey questionnaires and the potential of information to be collected.




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