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Wednesday, August 09, 2006 

A Glimpse into Social Protection Programs

The impacts of social protection programs on poverty have been part of a growing literature that research the evidence about the relevance of some Social Cash Transfer schemes, and governments’ choices to mix the right incentives, and taxation policies with economic planning, and the pending questions of financing sustainability vis-à-vis this approach.
As a matter of fact, the decisions about the types of transfers to be made available are part of broad policy-options and objectives of governments to tackle poverty, hunger and human development; elements that will weigh upon the single use or combination of conditional and unconditional transfers.

In Trinidad for example, the Ministry of Social Development has been implementing an approach toward food assistance for low income families based on short-term Conditional Cash Transfer (see here), where the outcomes of such strategy can be highly interesting to document evidence based practices on human development indicators such as nutrition, health and household finances

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