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GPSA Webinar: The Risks of Conditional Cash Transfer Programs and how to reduce them: the Role of Transparency, Participation and Social Accountability

December 11, 10:00 am EST

About the Webinar:

The design and implementation processes of Conditional Cash Transfer programs (CCTs) make them prone to two major risks: 1) mistaking the part for the whole (synecdoche risk) and 2) increasing the power gap between beneficiaries and authorities at the local level (power gap risk). The synecdoche risk of CCTs lies in the fact that, often, CCTs seem to be the only alternative to combat poverty, which makes it difficult to insert them into a wider social protection’s network, and monopolizes most resources and public interest. The power gap risk is generated by targeting and conditionality validation processes, which, at local level, usually increase the power of the authorities responsible for these processes. At the same time, they reduce beneficiaries’ power, who are forced to obey in order to receive their benefits. The objective of this presentation is to show how, in different contexts in Latin America, CCT designs and social dynamics can help reduce these risks. In particular, Felipe Hevia will analyze the role of transparency, participation and social accountability in confronting both risks and thus promoting a human rights perspective in this type of programs.

 

Hevia felipeAbout the Expert:

Felipe Hevia de la Jara
Professor and ressearcher at the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social

Anthropologist from the University of Chile and a PhD in anthropology from the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (Center for Research and Higher Studies in Social Anthropology) (CIESAS). He is currently a professor and researcher in CIESAS. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Centro de Estudos da Metrópole / Brasileiro e Planejamento Análise Center (EMC / CEBRAP), São Paulo, Brazil. His main research interests include state-society relations, social accountability, citizen participation, conditional transfer programs, education and social policy. His research has been awarded and recognized by the Government of Brazil, the United Nations Program for Development, the Latin American Council for Development, the International Network for Social Cohesion and the University of Luxembourg. He is the author of Poder y ciudadanía en el combate a la pobreza: el acso de Progresa/Oportunidades (Power and Citizenship in the fight against poverty. The case of Progresa / Oportunidades (Brussels:. Peter Lang Pub, 2011), ¿Cómo medir la participación? Creación, validación y aplicación del Cuestionario de Conductas de Participación (How to measure participation? development, validation and application of participatory behaviors questionnaire) (Mexico: CIESAS, Indesol, 2011), Peticiones, protestas y participación. Patrones de relación sociedad-gobierno en la educación básica en Veracruz a inicios del Siglo XXI (Petitions, protests and participation. Patterns of relationship between society and government in basic education in Veracruz in the early twenty-first century ) and more than 30 articles and book chapters.

Felipe Hevia’s presentation

December 3, 2014

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