Cash Grants Essay

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Consider the compact of co-responsibility between the government and recipients. What is needed to make the compact work? Progresa had the goal of increasing the basic capabilities of extremely poor people in rural Mexico (Levine, 2007, p.67). Progresa is a program developed by the government of Mexico in 1997, and was implemented by President Ernesto Zedillo. With the help of Santiago Levy who was an economist, Progresa was developed to help break the cycle of poverty in Mexico. In order for the compact to work between the government and the recipients, a change had to take place from the governments’ standpoint. The government came to the realization of what the recipients needed and to provide that for them. Since the government was…show more content…
67). The focus of the cash grants was used as an incentive to help motivate people to participate in the program, specifically mothers. Mothers’ were usually the caretakers of the children and the household; therefore, the program directed the cash grants to support the mothers in their decision and their responsibility towards the program. This decision was based on research conducted by social science analysis, which proved to have worked. According to the research, mothers tend to invest in their children’s education, healthcare and nutritional needs more than any other parent. Therefore, it made logical sense to have the mothers’ be responsible and eligible for the cash grants. In this choice, positivity seemed to have been the outcome. Child health improved in the Progresa areas. For example, children under 5 years of age in Progresa, who were required to seek well-child care and received nutritional support, had a 12% lower incidence of illness than children not included in the program (Levine, 2007, p. 70). In regards to education, enrollment grew for the girls and the boys while child labor decreased significantly. Nutritionally, the children in the program had less sickness or
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