Kizazi Kijacho (“The Next Generation”)

Published: August 10, 2023

This program aims to make a major scientific contribution by establishing and analyzing a large and rich nationally-representative longitu­dinal cohort dataset using state-of-the art methods to meas­ure child development and its multi-dimensional inputs from in-utero until age 3. The program also carries out a large-scale randomized controlled trial (RCT) in the Dodoma region to test the relative cost-effectiveness of a parenting program, an Unconditional Cash Transfer program and a program combining these two.

The main policy objective is to yield actionable evidence for policy makers, donors and practitioners about the design of cost-effective, scalable, sustainable, integrated Early Childhood Development (ECD) programs, from the prenatal period until the child’s 3rd year of life – the “first 1,000 days”.

The experimental and longitudinal data that we will collect will be used to assess the relative impact of different ECD intervention packages, to track progress in ECD over time and to construct a comprehensive empirical model suitable for ECD policy analysis of the determinants of parental behaviour and child development.

In-country research partner
Ifakara Health Institute
Study population
5,700 households
Study type
Randomized evaluation + nationally representative longitudinal cohort study
2021 - 2026
Ingvild Almas (co-lead), Bet Caeyers (co-lead), Orazio Attanasio, Theresa Betancourt, Marc Bornstein, Ester Elisaria, Marianne Moreira, Pamela Jervis, Honorati Masanja, Costas Meghir, Pallavi Prabhakar, Charlotte Ringdal