Last updated: 16/8/2021

Basic Information

Population group
Women, Mother, Pregnant, Lactating women

Programme Details

Programme objectives

Conditional cash transfer programme (CCT) with an emphasis on reducing extreme poverty. The programme has a specific component for rural and indigenous areas (Programme of grants for families to boy food). It also includes components of family support and to improve the local supply of social services. The programme began in 2006 focusing on the districts with the highest incidence of extreme poverty, but with the aim of have a full coverage in all the country`s localities. The geographical arrangement of the progress of the programme was organized according to the results of the index of extreme poverty incidence (IPE) based on the Living Standards Survey 2003. The family support component primarily allows the exchange of information on the status of the beneficiary households and on compliance with the conditionalities. The component of increased social services supply does not have a clear method of execution yet.

Programme components
1) Conditional cash transfer
ECLAC n.d. “Red de Oportunidades (Opportunities Network)“. Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, Non-contributory Social Protection Programmes Database website. <>. Accessed 16 August 2021.
Conditionalities (if any)
Health: Pregnant women and in postpartum: medical check-ups attendance; Children under 5 years old: growth check-ups attendance, development and immunization check-ups. Education: Children aged 4 to 17 years: 85% attendance to classes during the bimonthly school period, parents should attend the meetings at the school Training: At least one adult household member: participation in training sessions convoked every two months. Provides family support actions to verify compliance with conditionalities and allow the exchange of information with the beneficiaries about their rights and needs.

Targeting and eligiblity

Eligibility criteria
Corregimientos with the highest proportion of poverty according to information in the Poverty Maps, prepared from socio-economic variables of the Census of Social Vulnerability; and the selection of families in extreme poverty according to the information registered in the Social Vulnerability Survey.

Coverage and other information

Benefit delivery mechanism
Delivery/Cash withdrawal. In march 2009 the National Bank was introduced as paying entity in the districts where there is access to bank system. In the districts where there is no banking system, the operation is through mobile post offices of the Directorate of Posts and Telegraphs (COTEL).
Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and frequency
Unique Registry of Beneficiaries (RUB)
Legal Framework
Executive Decree No.222-2007 (DMySC) (July 9, 2007), Resolution No. 042 (February 16, 2011), Resolution No. 122 (May 6, 2009), Resolution No. 071 (March 18, 2009), Resolution No. 160 (July 8, 2008).