Tuesday, June 4, 2024
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Transforming Lives through Social Protection Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean

Over the last two decades most countries in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region initiated and strengthened social assistance programs, addressing long-standing regional challenges of poverty, inequality, lagging human capital outcomes, and vulnerability of the poor to shocks. The World Bank and other development partners have accompanied governments as they implemented a variety of programs tailored to their circumstances and priorities; developed delivery systems to reach the poorest; and rigorously evaluated impact. Over time, most programs expanded in scope and budget to encompass more ambitious efforts, such as working toward guaranteed access to social assistance programs for all those eligible, and supplementing cash transfers with complementary... Read More