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Social policy review 22Analysis and debate in social policy, 2010$
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Ian Greener, Chris Holden, and Majella Kilkey

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427113

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427113.001.0001

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Mi Familia Progresa: change and continuity in Guatemala’s social policy

Mi Familia Progresa: change and continuity in Guatemala’s social policy

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Elena Gaia

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This chapter provides an appraisal of a significant policy innovation in a developing country, Guatemala. It provides a detailed analysis of the design and implementation of Guatemala's CCT (conditional cash transfer) programme, Mi Familia Progresa. It observes that while the programme is the first that has been deliberately targeted at the poorest sectors of the population, thereby mitigating the regressive nature of previously existing social policy, and the chapter concludes that there is more continuity with previous residual approaches than there is change. It provides an important contribution to the understanding of the challenges of developing effective social policies in countries like Guatemala, where extreme poverty and inequality often exist alongside entrenched power differentials in a context of economic under-development.

Keywords:   policy innovation, Guatemala, CCT programme, Mi Familia Progresa, social policies, poverty, inequality, economic under-development

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