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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

    () (International Poverty Centre)

  • Tatiana Britto

    () (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 (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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  • Fabio Veras Soares & Tatiana Britto, 2007. "Confronting Capacity Constraints on Conditional Cash Transfers in Latin America: the cases of El Salvador and Paraguay," Working Papers 38, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth.
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    1. 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, vol. 20(1), pages 1-29.
    2. Sudhanshu Handa & Benjamin Davis, 2006. "The Experience of Conditional Cash Transfers in Latin America and the Caribbean," Development Policy Review, Overseas Development Institute, vol. 24(5), pages 513-536, September.
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    3. Ricardo N. Bebczuk, 2008. "Financial Inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean: Review and Lessons," CEDLAS, Working Papers 0068, CEDLAS, Universidad Nacional de La Plata.
    4. World Bank, 2010. "Paraguay Poverty Assessment : Determinants and Challenges for Poverty Reduction
      [Paraguay - Estudio de pobreza : determinantes y desafíos para la reduccion de la pobreza]
      ," World Bank Other Operational Studies 12585, The World Bank.
    5. Haagh, Louise, 2011. "Working Life, Well-Being and Welfare Reform: Motivation and Institutions Revisited," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 39(3), pages 450-473, March.
    6. Morais de Sa e Silva, Michelle, 2015. "Conditional cash transfers and improved education quality: A political search for the policy link," International Journal of Educational Development, Elsevier, vol. 45(C), pages 169-181.
    7. Paola Pena, 2014. "The Politics of the diffusion of Conditional Cash Transfers in Latin America," Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper Series 20114, BWPI, The University of Manchester.

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    Keywords

    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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