Cash transfer programmes, poverty reduction and empowerment of women: A comparative analysis

Experiences from Brazil, Chile, India, Mexico and South Africa

by Elaine Fultz and John Francis
International Labour Organization (ILO), 2013

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This comparative analysis aims to help the ILO generate new thinking on ways to improve the impact of cash transfer programmes on women’s poverty alleviation and economic empowerment. Key findings relate to selected cash transfer programmes from five countries: Brazil, Chile, India, Mexico and South Africa. The review addresses two broad questions. First, to what extent are cash transfers alleviating women’s poverty and improving their access to nutrition, as well as health care and other social services? And second, what are the impacts of cash transfers on women’s economic empowerment?

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