Started as a flagship programme under the Government of Myanmar’s National Social Protection Strategic Plan, the Maternal and Child Cash Transfer (MCCT) programme aims at improving nutritional outcomes for mothers and children during the first critical 1,000 days of life, from conception to 24 months of age. In line with this, this MCCT programme empowers pregnant and lactating women with additional purchasing power to meet their basic needs, along with providing complementary awareness sessions on nutrition, health and hygiene.
We conducted a formative evaluation in the Chin and Rakhine States of Myanmar to foster learning and improvement within the MCCT programme. Using the OECD DAC criteria, we generated reliable and credible evidence concerning the processes supporting the programme along with its design and implementation modalities. The evaluation also developed lessons learned (from the MCCT programme and other cash transfer interventions in the region) to strengthen the programme and set the ground for scaling up. The programme received an overall quality rating of “Highly Satisfactory” from UNICEF’s Global Evaluation Reports Oversight System (GEROS).
- 33,723+ women beneficiaries registered in Chin state
- 124,719+ women beneficiaries registered under the Rakhine MCCT programme