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Conditional cash transfer programmes: the recent experience in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Conditional cash transfer programmes: the recent experience in Latin America and the Caribbean

Corporate author: NU. CEPAL-Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency Physical Description: 208 p.: grafs., tabls. Editorial: ECLAC Date: June 2011 ECLAC symbol: LC/G.2497-P ISBN: 9789211217575

Description

This document summarizes experience with conditional cash transfer or "co-responsibility" (CCT) programmes in Latin America and the Caribbean, over a period lasting more than 15 years. During this time, CCTs have consolidated and spread through the region's various countries as a tool of choice for poverty-reduction policy. This document, which it is hoped will serve as a basis and input for discussion and progress in building social-protection systems premised on inclusion and universal rights, provides detailed information on the different components of CCTs. It also reviews their main characteristics in terms of the definition and registration of programme users, the targeting mechanisms used, the various types of benefits provided, and the conditionalities attached to them. It then analyses the historical trend of the indicators of CCT investment and coverage, and the information available 8 ECLAC on their effects in different domains. Lastly, it makes an assessment of the experience and the main challenges that these programmes pose in terms of their sustainability, legal framework, accountability, participation, institutionality and inter-sectoral characteristics.