Can Conditional Cash Transfers Break the Cycle of Poverty?

The Issue: Programs that give cash to the poor in exchange for a commitment to keep children in school or provide them with basic medical care have become among the most important anti-poverty programs in some countries around the world. These conditional cash transfer programs have grown from just two, in Mexico and Brazil in the 1990s, to more than 60 programs that cover millions of people around the world. In the last decade, conditional cash transfers have also been introduced in the United States. ….[READ]