How effective are CCTs in low income settings?


By analysing the impact of external conditions at the institutional and household level on CCT programme effectiveness, this paper aims to start addressing some of the gaps in understanding of the effectiveness of CCTs, and to contribute to more effective and efficient government programmes to alleviate short- and long-term poverty. This paper contributes to this wider body of work being conducted with this grant by examining existing evidence on CCTs in low-income settings. Since the initial flagship CCTs in Brazil and Mexico, programmes are being implemented in a wide range of political and socioeconomic contexts, including areas with high levels of extreme poverty, poor education and health indicators, and limited public administration infrastructure and capacity. The aim of the paper is to comment on the evidence on what affects programme outcomes in settings where infrastructure and capacity for delivery might be low, and that have high levels of poverty at baseline. This will help to guide questioning and hypotheses for further research into effect variability in such settings.


van Stolk, C.; Diepeveen, S. How effective are CCTs in low income settings? (2012) 66 pp.

How effective are CCTs in low income settings?

Published 1 January 2012