This document analyses the evolution of the population coverage and investment of conditional cash transfer (CCT) programmes, which are poverty reduction initiatives, in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean over the past 20 years. The analysis is based on up-to-date, detailed information from the database on non-contributory social protection programmes in Latin America and the Caribbean, which is administered by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and available to the public via the Internet.

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El encuentro busca promover el empoderamiento de mujeres lideresas indígenas mediante la generación de espacios de trabajo, debate e intercambio de experiencias con lideresas indígenas nacionales e internacionales. El objetivo de la convocatoria es promover el empoderamiento de mujeres lideresas indígenas mediante la generación de espacios de trabajo, debate e intercambio de experiencias con lideresas indígenas nacionales e internacionales en diversos temas prioritarios.

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF), in partnership with the Government of Jamaica, is organizing a high-level conference on Thursday, November 16, 2017 in Kingston, Jamaica. The conference is entitled "Unleashing Growth and Strengthening Resilience in the Caribbean" and will focus on the unique issues the Caribbean region is facing and the opportunities that can be found within to cope with the changing global landscape.

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Participatory Action Research (PAR) engages people in communities as agents of change. Traditionally, development project ‘beneficiaries’ have rarely been included in researching issues, finding solutions, designing indicators or measuring change.  PAR provides a way of changing this, offering an inclusive community-driven approach to development. It is also an effective way of building participatory learning into organisations supporting development and social change.

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In 2015, global leaders committed to ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all. Yet this Sustainable Development Goal on education (SDG4) cannot be achieved without greater accountability for all those involved – governments, schools, teachers, parents, students, civil society, the international community and the private sector.

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This working paper on cash transfers in Mexico presents the impact of a major national cash transfer programme on health, education, income, poverty, labour force participation, time use and bargaining power of women at the household and community level. Its results point to evidence that most of these gender-related interventions have focused on breaking the inter-generational cycle of poverty, particularly for disadvantaged girl children, but have been weaker in promoting women’s economic empowerment through employment or sustainable livelihoods.

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Latin America and the Caribbean: Strategies to fight Hidden Hunger Community-based Nutrition Strategy Model

The Latin American and Caribbean region (LAC) has been actively participating in the international development Agenda 2030, focused on food and nutritional security. In addition, the region has established its own more demanding objectives through several regional initiatives. Although food availability in the LAC region is sufficient to meet the energy needs of its population, undernourishment still affects 5.5% of the regional population. Stunting and overweight affects 11.3 % and 7.2 % of children under five in the region respectively (FAO, 2017). Adult overweight and obesity maintain an upward worrying trend in the region, with overweight affecting 58% of the population and obesity 23% (ibid.). Besides this, wide gamma of nutrition-related and nutrition-sensitive public programmes,...Read more

A study covering 16 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, providing a comprehensive picture of regional trends and characteristics of school meals programmes, with a nutrition-sensitive focus.

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How Conditional Cash Transfers Work for Health

By Nadin Medellín, Marco Stampini, and Pablo Ibarrarán (Versión en español aquí ) The use of health services by disadvantaged populations in Latin America and the Caribbean has improved in recent years , as have the overall health conditions of these populations. This is due to a variety of factors, including the fact that approximately 30 million families participate in some type of conditional cash transfer program . Through these programs, families receive financial support from the government on a regular basis. The programs are often seen as handouts that do not translate into structural changes in families. However, the reality is different. What Is the Aim of Conditional Cash Transfer Programs? Conditional cash transfer programs...Read more

Guidelines for Support and Promotion of Family Farming in the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries - Social mobilization and political recognition for an inclusive approach

The exchanges in the field of food and nutritional security among governments and civil society organizations from the Portuguese speaking counties have intensified during the last decade with a visible increase in international efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. In this scenario, the Food and Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations (FAO) has been engaged in several initiatives and projects for South-South and multilateral cooperation. After the establishment of the Zero Hungry Program, Brazil became an international reference for food and nutritional security institutional building and started to actively develop partnerships with developing countries, many of them in cooperation with FAO. During this time, exchanges among civil society organizations also...Read more