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Assessing Honduras? CCT Programme PRAF, Programa de Asignación Familiar: Expected and Unexpected Realities


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  • Charity Moore

    (IPC research associate and the Ohio State University)


This Country Study investigates the evolution and current state of Honduras? conditional cash transfer programme, known as PRAF, the Programa de Asignación Familiar. The details of the past and current programmes are examined closely, with special attention paid to what can be learned from the experiences. While the programme was originally intended to compensate poor households for the hardships imposed by structural adjustment, it has evolved into a programme focused on human capital development. In this respect, it is similar to other conditional cash transfer programmes. However, its history and the dual nature of the programme (one part based on an external loan and the other domestically driven) have hindered institutional transformation. Although there have been attempts to make the domestic programme more closely resemble the externally financed version of PRAF, this process has been hindered on several occasions. In fact, domestic programme co-responsibilities have been neither emphasized nor enforced in the past. While the current alignment of political and economic forces, both inside and outside the country, has given the programme the opportunity to positively transform itself, other factors run counter to this goal. Although the outcome of this transformation is yet to be fully determined, several important lessons can be learned from the experience of PRAF in Honduras. These relate to topics that include organizational alignment, targeting methodology, administration of transfers, programme evaluation, enforcement of co-responsibilities and supply-side complements to the programme. These issues are investigated so that other similar programmes can learn both the strengths and weaknesses of the Honduran experience.

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Paper provided by International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth in its series Country Study with number 15.

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Length: 45
Date of creation: Apr 2008
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Publication status: Published by UNDP - International Poverty Centre, April 2008, pages 1-45
Handle: RePEc:ipc:cstudy:15

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Keywords: Assessing Honduras? CCT Programme PRAF; Programa de Asignación Familiar: Expected and Unexpected Realities;

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  1. Haagh, Louise, 2011. "Working Life, Well-Being and Welfare Reform: Motivation and Institutions Revisited," World Development, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 39(3), pages 450-473, March.
  2. Ariel Fiszbein & Norbert Schady & Francisco H. G. Ferreira & Margaret Grosh & Niall Keleher & Pedro Olinto & Emmanuel Skoufias, 2009. "Conditional Cash Transfers : Reducing Present and Future Poverty," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 2597, August.
  3. Klasen, Stephan & Otter, Thomas & Villalobos Barria, Carlos, 2012. "The Dynamics of Inequality Change in a Highly Dualistic Economy: Honduras, 1991.2007," Working Paper Series, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER) UNU-WIDER Research Paper , World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
  4. Paola Pena, 2014. "The Politics of the diffusion of Conditional Cash Transfers in Latin America," Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper Series, BWPI, The University of Manchester 20114, BWPI, The University of Manchester.
  5. Manley, James & Gitter, Seth & Slavchevska, Vanya, 2013. "How Effective are Cash Transfers at Improving Nutritional Status?," World Development, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 48(C), pages 133-155.


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