Confronting Capacity Constraints on Conditional Cash Transfers in Latin America: the cases of El Salvador and Paraguay
AbstractThis Working Paper offers an institutional overview and comparative analysis of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) experiences of El Salvador (Red Solidaria) and Paraguay (Tekoporã). We focus on the potential contradictions and tensions that arise from the double objectives of these programmes?namely, short-run poverty alleviation and breaking the intergenerational transmission of poverty though human capital accumulation. We also examine how both programmes address these tensions and compare their approaches regarding implementation issues and administrative and institutional factors. We argue that political economy issues play an important role in the decisions taken regarding targeting criteria, monitoring of conditionalities, graduation from the programme, and exit rules. These programme features are not necessarily coherent with one another because they pursue different objectives and are justified by differing rationales. These problems might be exacerbated in a scenario?common in many developing countries?characterized by financial and institutional capacity constraints and, sometimes, weak political support for a CCT programme.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth in its series Working Papers with number 38.
Date of creation: Aug 2007
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Publication status: Published by UNDP - International Poverty Centre, August 2007, pages 1-32
Poverty; Cash Transfers; Government Programme; El Salvador; Paraguay;
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- I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
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