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Confronting Capacity Constraints on Conditional Cash Transfers in Latin America: the cases of El Salvador and Paraguay

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  • Fabio Veras Soares

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    (International Poverty Centre)

  • Tatiana Britto

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    (Visiting researcher, IPC)

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    This Working Paper offers an institutional overview and comparative analysis of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) experiences of El Salvador (Red Solidaria) and Paraguay (Tekopor√£). 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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    Paper provided by International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth in its series Working Papers with number 38.

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    Length: 32
    Date of creation: Aug 2007
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    Publication status: Published by UNDP - International Poverty Centre, August 2007, pages 1-32
    Handle: RePEc:ipc:wpaper:38

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    Keywords: Poverty; Cash Transfers; Government Programme; El Salvador; Paraguay;

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    1. Sudhanshu Handa & Benjamin Davis, 2006. "The Experience of Conditional Cash Transfers in Latin America and the Caribbean," Development Policy Review, Overseas Development Institute, Overseas Development Institute, vol. 24(5), pages 513-536, 09.
    2. Alain de Janvry & Elisabeth Sadoulet, 2006. "Making Conditional Cash Transfer Programs More Efficient: Designing for Maximum Effect of the Conditionality," World Bank Economic Review, World Bank Group, World Bank Group, vol. 20(1), pages 1-29.
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    1. Ricardo N. Bebczuk, 2008. "Financial Inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean: Review and Lessons," CEDLAS, Working Papers, CEDLAS, Universidad Nacional de La Plata 0068, CEDLAS, Universidad Nacional de La Plata.
    2. World Bank, 2010. "Paraguay Poverty Assessment : Determinants and Challenges for Poverty Reduction," World Bank Other Operational Studies 12585, The World Bank.
    3. Gentilini, Ugo & Omamo, Steven Were, 2011. "Social protection 2.0: Exploring issues, evidence and debates in a globalizing world," Food Policy, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 36(3), pages 329-340, June.
    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. 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.

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