Wednesday, August 17, 2011

[EQ] Evidence to Policy: A Look at a Chilean Social Assistance Program

Evidence to Policy: A Look at a Chilean Social Assistance Program

Office of the Chief Economist, Human Development Network
World Bank 2011 Number 7

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“……..Policymakers often struggle to promote improvements in the well-being of the poorest individuals and families. The challenges are many. People living in extreme poverty frequently have multiple needs that require a range of services.

They also may face special psychological and social challenges that can make it difficult for them to connect with and benefit from social assistance programs. Governments that want to assist this most vulnerable group need to engage the participants, deliver the mix of services that works best for each family, and know what incentives help people successfully utilize available programs….”


“…… governments and aid organizations continue to exert efforts to focus on the very poor, Chile’s program is a useful example of the range of issues that need to be addressed in trying to reach people who live in extreme poverty. From helping families access the services to which they are entitled, to focusing on the psychological and social issues that act as another barrier, the Chilean program provides an example of the broad approach governments may need to consider in their efforts to reduce extreme poverty…..”


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