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Published: 2009

Report on cash transfer programmes (CTPs) from a human rights perspective

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Non-contributory cash transfer programmes (CTPs) provide payments in the form of cash to individuals or households with the key objective of increasing their real income in order to enable a minimum level of consumption within the household. CTPs have been identified as effective tools for poverty eradication due to their capacity to reduce economic inequalities and break the intergenerational transmission of poverty. This report discusses CTPs as a component of social protection systems from a human rights perspective. 

Despite the evidence demonstrating the benefits of CTPs for States in realising people’s basic human rights, the author argues that CTPs may not necessarily be the most appropriate and effective means of tackling extreme poverty and inequality in all contexts. Some concerns are raised for the ability of CTPs to operate within a human rights framework in developing countries. On the basis of these potential limitations, it is recommended that CTPs should only be seen as one component of social assistance policies. As such, they must be integrated within social protection systems and grounded by solid legal and institutional frameworks framed by human rights standards and principles such as equality and non-discrimination, accountability, transparency, access to information and participation. 

Adapted from author’s summary.
 

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Authors

M. S. Carmona

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