Panel: What’s Next for Conditional Cash Transfer Programs? Possibilities for Productive Exit, Research, and Support
(Poverty and Income Policy)

Saturday, November 8, 2014: 10:15 AM-11:45 AM
Santa Ana (Convention Center)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Panel Organizers:  Nadine Dechausay, MDRC
Panel Chairs:  Sinead Keegan, NYC Center for Economic Opportunity
Discussants:  Gaston Pierri, University of Alcala de Henares; Minnesota Population Center

Beyond CCTs: Evidence and Challenges from a Political-Economy Perspective
Claudia Maldonado, CLEAR Center for Latín America

Implementation Research Findings from a New Model of Family Rewards
Nadine Dechausay, MDRC and Sinead Keegan, NYC Center for Economic Opportunity

Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT)programs transfer cash to poor families to reduce immediate hardship and poverty. They condition the cash transfers on families' efforts to improve their "human capital" (typically, children's educational achievement and family health) in the hopeof reducing intergenerational poverty. Such programs have grown rapidly across lower- and middle-income countries, and evaluations have found some important successes. In 2007, Opportunity NYC- Family Rewards became the first comprehensive CCT to be attempted in a higher-income country. In 2012, with funding from the Social Innovation Fund, the Family Rewards model was replicated with modifications in two American cities, New York City and Memphis. Each of these programs owes a debt to Mexico's Opportunidades program (originally called Progresa), a pioneer of this policy tool. In this presentation, the panel will tackle the history, lessons learned, and new directions for CCTs from an international perspective.
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