Reducing Child Poverty with Cash Transfers: A Sure Thing?

16 Pages Posted: 17 Aug 2006

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Armando Barrientos

Global Development Institute

Jocelyn De Jong

University of Manchester - School of Environment & Development

Abstract

Children are disproportionately represented among the income-poor, many suffer from severe deprivation, and their poverty and vulnerability have cumulative and long-term consequences. This article provides a comparative examination of the poverty-reduction effectiveness of cash transfer programmes targeting children, focusing on three types of such programmes: the Child Support Grant in South Africa, family allowances in transition countries, and targeted conditional cash transfer programmes in Latin America and the Caribbean. It finds that, despite differences in design, cash transfer programmes targeting children in poor households are an effective way of reducing poverty.

Suggested Citation

Barrientos, Armando and De Jong, Jocelyn, Reducing Child Poverty with Cash Transfers: A Sure Thing?. Development Policy Review, Vol. 24, No. 5, pp. 537-552, September 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=925060 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-7679.2006.00346.x

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