Summary #1422

The promise of conditional cash transfers

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  • 6-year long study of Conditional Cash Transfers (CCT) finds that they improve the lives of children living in poverty in Indonesia.
  • The positive effects included better nutrition and greater access to healthcare for children in families that received CCTs.
  • The study provides guidelines for policymakers that want to implement similar programs, and it’s one of the first big studies of how CCTs improve lives.
  • CCTs are about providing poor, working families with money based on simple conditions (like children regularly attending school).

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