New Incentives

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New Incentives distributes conditional cash transfers to encourage caregivers to immunise their children in rural Nigeria.

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What is New Incentives's mission?

New Incentives aims to reduce child mortality by promoting vaccination as effectively as possible. They value using "evidence and data-driven decisions," "doing the most good" they can do, and accountability.

What does New Incentives do?

  • New Incentives provides conditional cash transfers for caregivers in rural Nigeria who immunise their infants.
  • Before distributing the transfers, they verify that infants have received four vaccinations: BCG, PENTA, PCV, MCV.
  • New Incentives works primarily in North West Nigeria, in collaboration with the governments of Katsina, Zamfara, and Jigawa.
  • Data from a 2018 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey suggests that North West Nigeria has the lowest vaccination rate in Nigeria; only about 25% of infants are fully immunised.
  • New Incentives works to raise awareness about the importance of childhood vaccinations.
  • To ensure vaccine supply, New Incentives works with Local Cold Chain Officers and State Cold Chain Officers to verify the stock and validity of vaccine supply for two weeks at a time.
  • They track the impact of their programs and encourage self-assessment. They are working on an ongoing randomised controlled trial to test the impact of their program.

Why do we recommend New Incentives?

  • New Incentives values evidence and self-evaluation, two characteristics of highly effective organisations.
  • GiveWell rates New Incentives as a top charity. They estimate that, on average, the total cost to vaccinate one child through New Incentives's program is about $47.
  • GiveWell estimates that New Incentives could effectively use an additional $16 million beyond what they expect to raise in 2021–2023.
  • In 2021, Open Philanthropy awarded New Incentives with a general support grant of $16.8 million.

To learn more about New Incentives, we recommend reading GiveWell’s detailed review.