How effective are CCTs in low income settings?

A review exploring factors impacting on programme outcomes in Honduras and Nicaragua

by Stephanie Diepeveen, Christian Van Stolk
RAND Working Paper Series, September 2012

66 pp. 417 kB

Conditional cash transfer (CCT) programmes have been evaluated extensively and show by and large an increase of consumption amongst beneficiaries resulting in sometimes substantial reductions in poverty. Nonetheless important questions remain outstanding. CCTs have very heterogeneous impacts in different contexts. This paper presents the findings of a systematic review of papers looking at evidence of effect of CCTs in Nicaragua and Honduras. In particular, this review wanted to look at wider contextual factors and their relationship with programme outcomes. These factors were: household characteristics and intra-household relations; programme design and delivery; supply side conditions; wider political, social and economic factors.

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