Poverty Is A Lack Of Money

1468 Words Oct 27th, 2015 6 Pages
Poverty isn’t just a lack of money, poverty is about not being able to participate in recreational activities; not being able to send children to school; not being able to afford utilities; not being able to pay for medications for an illness. These are all costs of being poor. Those people who can barely afford food and shelter simply cannot consider these other expenses. When people are excluded within a society, when they are not well educated and when they have a higher incidence of illness, there are negative consequences for society.
There are billions of people living in poverty, mainly in developing countries but also in developed countries. During this time, several solutions have been suggested in order to reduce poverty. Among them, the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programs have received special attention and have been labelled as one of the best ways to “make poverty history” by specialists. The program, as the name suggests; transfers cash to people living in poverty upon meeting certain conditions. These conditions may include enrolling children into public schools, getting regular medical check-ups, receiving vaccinations or the like. Although the impacts of these programs are still being studied, positive results have surfaced.
Evidence of positive results has come from the Bolsa Familia program originated in Brazil. Bolsa Familia is one of the largest CCT programs in the world, and is cited as one of the key factors behind the positive social outcomes…
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