Conditional Cash Transfers (CCTs) are widely seen as an effective means
of combating poverty and promoting human development. Programmes of this
type provide mothers of school age children in extreme poverty with a
cash subsidy conditional on children's attendance at school and health
clinics. Whilst studies show that CCTs are usually successful in meeting
their principle human development objectives of improving school
attendance, nutrition and health of children (including girl children)
in beneficiary households, on reviewing the flagship Mexican programme
Progresa/Oportunidades, claims that CCTs empower women are questionable.
This brief is based on Pathways Working Paper 5.
Pathways Brief 5. Conditional Cash Transfers: A ‘Pathway to Women’s Empowerment’?