Cash transfers, gender equity and women's empowerment in Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia

Conditional cash transfer programmes provide extremely poor households with a cash subsidy, on condition that children attend school, and mothers and infants undergo health checks.

These programmes are generally considered effective social protection mechanisms, and success in meeting children’s nutrition, education, and health targets is reported. However, the impact of these programmes on women’s empowerment and intra-household dynamics is under-explored. This article provides a summary of some key findings of recent research in Latin America, supported by CARE International UK.

  • Countries: Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru
  • Co-authors: Maxine Molyneux and Marylin Thomson
  • Published: July 2011

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