Exchanging Experiences, Expanding Opportunities

Workshops

Printer-friendly version

Targeted Conditional Cash Transfer Programme

Image:
Targeted Conditional Cash Transfer Programme
Target population:
Additional Involvement:

‘Puente in the Caribbean’ program was launched in 2007.This regional program greatly assisted in the early stages of conceptualization and design. The major organizations involved were the Organization of American States (OAS) through the Canadian Agency for International Development (CIDA), El Fondo de Solidario e Inversión Social (FOSIS) of the Government of Chile and University of the West Indies

  • The Programme’s food support was implemented via a Debit Card. Persons were not given cash but rather they were able to purchase foodstuff. The First Citizens’ Bank of Trinidad was the chosen provider. They manage the cash transaction which includes the debiting of the various accounts and payment to merchants. They provide the Ministry with a comprehensive breakdown of all card transaction.
  • The Supermarket Association in general as well as other supermarkets were key stakeholders. They facilitate the transfer of a pre‐approved list of food items which are paid for with the debit card.
  • The initiative was not intended to create any new intervention so the Ministry of the People entered into arrangement with other Ministries/Agencies and private sector entities to operationalize the conditional component. This included training, retraining, upgrading of skills and employment. Additionally, these entities, were involved in activities to support of the mandatory components of the programme which includes family planning, household budgeting and life skills.
English

To Reduce the Incidence of Poverty in Society

Achievements:
  • Poverty reports suggested that level of indigence in the country was 1.2% (Just over 15,000 persons). At the end of Fiscal 2013 there were 42,202 persons on the programme. We feel that indigence no longer exist in Trinidad and Tobago. (To be determined via a current study)
  • Successfully worked with business partners to train or through direct employment to assist 8698 to successfully graduated from the programme by increasing the household income earning capacity. Out of this 208 persons became entrepreneurs.
  • The implementation of an emergency food support mechanism where persons are issued with a card for immediate use. Since its introduction over 25, 702 cards were issued.
Member country:
Project duration:
July, 2006
Project status:

Kraka Yu Srefi

Image:
Kraka Yu Srefi
Additional Involvement:

For the design of the program a steering and working group has been installed within the ministry of Social Affairs & Public Housing. In addition, members of the National Assembly have been involved. For the implementation of the program, the following ministries have been approached: Ministry of Education, Ministry of Justice & Police, Ministry of Labour, Technological development & Environment, Ministry of Regional Development, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Sport & Youth. We have technical assistance of UNICEF & UNDP.

English

The overall objective of the experience is to empower people. Other objectives:

  • Digital registration systems & data processing
  • A monitoring & evaluation system for intangible care & guidance
  • Poverty measure for Suriname
Achievements:
  1. Digital registration systems & data processing
  2. A monitoring and evaluation system for the intangible care & guidance
  3. How to measure poverty in Suriname
Member country:
Project duration:
May, 2013 to May, 2014
Project status:

Empowering the Poor

Image:
Empowering the Poor – An intervention for the Social Graduation from the Jamaican Conditional Cash Transfer Programme
Target population:
Additional Involvement:

Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS)

  • Public Assistance Division

Ministry of Education (MOE)

Ministry of Youth and Culture (MOYC)

  • HEART Trust/NTA
  • National Youth Service
  • National Centre for Youth Development ‐ Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning

MLSS Electronic Labour Exchange

Ministry of Industry, Technology, Energy and Commerce (MITEC)

  • Jamaica Business Development Corporation

MLSS

  • Rehabilitation Grant Programme

MOE / MLSS

  • Early Childhood Commission
  • National Council for Senior Citizens
  • Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities
Preferred Methods of Exchange:
English

Households attain the social protection floor and maintain income security for 12 months enabling them to be no longer eligible for PATH Cash Transfers.

Achievements:
  • Attainment of key variables in the social protection floor for targeted families
  • Complete pilot of a robust case management procedure and protocol for graduation
  • Complete pilot of a systematic welfare to work programme to strengthen labour activation and attachment among poor clients to enable them to seek and retain employment.
Member country:
Project duration:
March, 2013 to July, 2016
Project status:
Implementing Institution:

SEED

Image:
Support for Education, Empowerment and Development (SEED) programme
Target population:
Additional Involvement:

SUPPORTING AGENCIES FOR SEED PROGRAMME IMPLEMENTATION

  • 2.1.1 RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE STEERING COMMITTEE: The Steering Committee is responsible for overall coordination of the SEED Programme and is chaired by the Ministry of Social Development and composed of representatives from MOSD, MOE, MOH, MOSD, MOF, PCU, Ministry of Legal Affairs and non‐governmental organizations.
  • 2.1.2 RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE TECHNICAL COMMITTEE: The Technical Committee is directly responsible for overseeing the design and implementation of the SEED Programme. It serves as the main mechanism through which the Ministries directly responsible for the Programme communicate and make decisions related to SEED implementation. The Committee members will ensure a steady reciprocal flow of information between the Committee and their respective Ministries, and facilitate consultations with Ministers and other key staff. The Technical Committee shall be composed of representatives from MOSD, MOE, MOH, and MOF.
  • 2.1.3 RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE (MOF): The MOF has the responsibility of fulfilling the budgetary commitments of the GOG according to the requirements of the Programme.
    • 2.1.3.1 RESPONSIBILITIES OF DISTRICT REVENUE OFFICES (DROs): The DROs under the Ministry of Finance, are the primary location for payment of transfers to Beneficiary Households under the SEED Programme. Beneficiaries are paid via cash on a monthly basis from the current account designated at these locations for this purpose. DROs can serve as a point of contact for relaying information about the Programme. Staff at the DROs are responsible for liaising with the Accountant’s General Department, Ministry of Finance, regarding payments to Beneficiary Households and financial matters, including uncollected benefits.
    • 2.1.3.2 PROJECT COORDINATION UNIT (PCU): The PCU will provide fiduciary advice and guidance to all entities with responsibility for SEED Programme Implementation. The PCU will work closely with the MOSD and will provide guidance on compliance with fiduciary procedures and handle the procuring of goods and services for the MOSD.
    • 2.1.3.3 ACCOUNTANT GENERAL (AG): The AG’s office will liaise with the PCU to ensure timely and accurate financial reporting under the SEED Programme. The AG’s office provides final reconciliation of payments made under the arrangements for cash transfers. The AG will play a major role in liaising with financial staff in the MOSD to ensure that payment mechanisms employed by SEED are compatible with existing government accounting procedures.
  • 2.1.4 RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION (MOE): The MOE has the responsibility of ensuring that there are adequate places in pre‐school, primary, secondary and tertiary education to receive eligible Direct Beneficiaries from SEED Beneficiary Households as outlined in the SEED Programme Definitions. The MOE, as a key stakeholder of the Technical Committee, will also advise on on‐going trends in education outcomes, revisions to the Education Act, and potential revisions of education co‐responsibilities to build on the development of human capital.
    • Key staff in the MOE that will play supporting roles throughout the Programme include: School Attendance Officers: School Attendance Officers will be responsible for verifying compliance with education co‐responsibilities and liaising with SEED Officers every month to report school attendance of Direct Beneficiaries from SEED Beneficiary Households.
  • 2.1.5 RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH (MOH): The MOH has the responsibility to ensure basic health services as defined by Grenada’s health protocols to eligible Direct Beneficiaries from SEED Beneficiary Households. The MOH, as a key stakeholder of the Technical Committee, will also advise on on‐going trends in health outcomes in the country and potential revisions of health co‐responsibilities to build on the development of human capital.
    • Key staff in the MOH that will play supporting roles throughout the Programme include: Community Health Nurses (CHNs): CHNs will validate the health care check‐ups and verify compliance of co‐responsibilities. Subsequently, they will liaise with the SEED Officers every month to report compliance of health co‐responsibilities of Direct Beneficiaries from SEED Beneficiary Households.
Preferred Methods of Exchange:
English

The general goal of the SEED programme is:

To reduce poverty and increase investment in human capital among the poor and vulnerable.

The specific objectives of SEED are to:

  1. Improve educational and health outcomes of the poor through co‐responsibilities that link positive behaviour changes to cash transfers.
  2. Improve coverage of Social Safety Net programmes.
  3. Strengthen the implementation capacity, efficiency and effectiveness of Grenada’s Social
  4. Safety Net programmes.
  5. Serve as a safety net by preventing families from falling further into poverty in the event of adverse shock.
Achievements:
  • Central Beneficiary Registry
  • Development of an Operational Manual. Its purpose is to provide an ordered set of instructions on the organisation, procedures, management and resources dedicated to the efficient and effective achievement of the aims of the Programme.
Member country:
Project duration:
January, 2011 to December, 2014
Project status:
Implementing Institution:

Cell-ED: Learning anywhere, anytime

Image:
Cell-ED: Learning anywhere, anytime
Target population:
Additional Involvement:
  • Gobee Group
  • Commonwealth of Learning
  • Tufts University
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • Control Room
  • Comic Relief
English

Cell-ED is working to provide a second chance and new pathway to learning for the forgotten billion adults. We deliver mobile-based courses in literacy and basic skills to any phone at any time and place. Our objective is to enhance skills, increase knowledge, and increase the confidence of our learners to pursue further education opportunities. Our most recent cohort of Spanish language literacy learners had an average of a two-year age equivalency increase in their reading skills as measured by internationally recognized standardized tests.

Achievements:
  1. Learners have improved their skills with our program. A 2-year age equivalency increase when compared with the control group.
  2. Learners access the program at all hours of the day from 5am to 1am demonstrating the convenience and increased accessibility to education.
  3. We have an adherence rate of 80% compared with 20 – 50% in traditional classroom-based programs.
  4. We are creating a grassroots network of organizations to support our learners, as well as mechanisms for learners to support each other.
Project duration:
January, 2012
Project status:
Implementing Institution:

Capital Project

Image:
Capital Project
Target population:
Additional Involvement:
  • Proyecto Capital works with governments to design and improve public policies that promote financial inclusion and with financial institutions to design financial inclusion strategies for CCT recipients. Proyecto Capital also creates and shares knowledge to expand innovation linking financial inclusion and social protection.
  • Government: Proyecto Capital provides technical assistance in the design of CCT-linked financial inclusion programs, advises government bodies in the executants selection process and in follows up and monitors project implementation. The main roles of government bodies are to fund project activities and to provide technological and logistical support (mainly through its CCT program). Proyecto Capital also leads inter-institutional and inter-sectorial coordination activities (between planning, social inclusion and financial inclusion authorities).
  • Financial institutions: Proyecto Capital provides technical assistance in the design of suited financial products and channels, as well as in the development of adapted costumer services and the implementation of client protection principles.
English

Proyecto Capital describes a public intervention to facilitate and complement existing public government- to-person (G2P) transfer programs in general, and conditional cash transfer (CCT) programs in particular, and expand their scope and impact, as well as to encourage other stakeholders from the civil society, cooperation agencies and socially responsible businesses dedicated to poverty alleviation to get involved in this effort.

The general objectives are:

  • To promote the use of a better payment system for CCTs: the savings account
  • To provide a secure and convenient instrument to help families to save in the formal financial system.
  • To Facilitate access to and use of other financial services

Based on the encouraging results of financial inclusion programs, and particularly the mobilization of poor people’s savings, channels for a direct relationship between public sectors and recipients of social assistance, and virtuous processes of economic and social inclusion, Proyecto Capital works on a regional initiative to promote and implement mechanisms for financial inclusion as a complement to social policies implemented in Latin America and the Caribbean. This regional initiative assists with the design, implementation and evaluation of public policies that link social protection with mobilization of savings in low-income sectors.

Achievements:
  • Proyecto Capital succeed in interconnecting, combining and adjusting appropriate CCT programs with policies that encourage grassroots savings and inclusion of poor people in the financial system (opening and use of personal savings accounts), asset building, and access to knowledge essential for their businesses, facilitating their productive investment and reducing their vulnerability.
  • Proyecto Capital has cooperation agreements signed with ten countries, at least one financial institution in each country and two bank regulatory bodies.
  • Proyecto Capital also developed the capacity to influence and be involved in the design, implementation and evaluation of public policies related to financial inclusion and financial literacy for the BoP.
  • Finally, we have achieved a recognized regional expertise on understanding low-income populations financial behavior, content design and management of various channels for financial education and the design and development of suited savings products
Project duration:
January, 2008 to December, 2014
Implementing Institution:

The Graduation Program

Image:
The Graduation Program
Target population:
Additional Involvement:
  • The design of the pilot project in Colombia is the result of collaboration between FundaK’s and GoC entities selected strategically based on their responsibility in the design of the country’s public policy, as described below:
  • The National Department of Planning is responsible for designing and monitoring the country’s environmental, social and economic development policies, in coordination with ministries and sub‐national entities.
  • The Department for Social Prosperity is responsible for defining and implementing social policies in an integrated and coordinated way. It manages, among others, the Conditional Cash Transfers program.
  • The National Agency for Overcoming Extreme Poverty manages a network which, in addition to articulating inter‐institutional efforts, has an operative structure based on over 10,000 community workers or facilitators in charge of identifying extreme poor families and accompanies these families in the implementation of a road map based on nine goals that will help them to overcome their condition.
  • The integration of local authorities from the selected areas of intervention was crucial given their deep understanding and knowledge of their community.
  • The “Law on Victims and Restoration of Land” describes the responsibilities of the GoC in the implementation of a process of accompaniment to the indemnization that is distributed to qualifying victims of the armed conflict in Colombia. This series of two laws and six decrees has been a guide to FundaK, the DPS and the UARIV in the adaptation of the Graduation model to a specific population of victims who are interested in starting productive projects to improve their socioeconomic conditions.
English

The Graduation Project’s objective is to provide an innovative, sustainable and scalable strategy whereby people living in poverty and those living in extreme poverty can stabilize themselves socioeconomically, increase their resilience to shocks, and continue on the pathway to development through accumulating productive, financial, human and social assets.

Since 2011, FundaK has helped the Government of Colombia (GoC) in the design and implementation of the pilot project “Producing for My Future”, which is helping 1000 families lift themselves out of extreme poverty, and scale up is scheduled to begin in 2014. The project transfers seed capital for the implementation of a productive project within participating targeted households while asset‐building coaches provide accompaniment to these households. Information and communication technologies, such as tablet computers, train the participants in business management, financial education and human and social development modules.

Achievements:
  1. Revision of models of productive projects worldwide for the creation of the FundaK graduation model (including the BRAC model and the various CGAP/Ford Foundation replicas as well as IFAD’s experiences in Perú) and integration of lessons learned from FundaK’s model of using TICs for education in rural areas
  2. Successful targeting using government databases
  3. Development of a comprehensive program for monitoring and evaluation 4. Agreements with Guatemala, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Brazil
Project duration:
January, 2013 to December, 2014
Implementing Institution:

National policy for the eradication of extreme poverty

Image:
Red Unidos (Unidos Network), National policy for the eradication of extreme poverty
Additional Involvement:
  • Legal framework: article 13 Political Constitution of Colombia (rights related to social and economic equality), Decree 4160 from 2011 (creates ANSPE under the Department for Social Prosperity, Presidency of the Republic).
  • Unidos Network members (Function: institutions of the state committed to provide programs and projects oriented to Red Unido’s beneficiaries):
  • Departamento Administrativo para la prosperidad Social –DPS (Presidency of the Republic), coordinator of the sector for prosperity, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural development, Ministry of Informational and Communicational Technologies, Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Housing, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Trade, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Degense, Presidentail Council for the Equity of Women, National Saving Fund, Colombian Institute of Rural Development, National Service of Learning (Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje), Universidad Nacional Abierta y a Distancia, ICETEX, Banca de Oportunidades, FINAGRO, National Police, Coldeportes. Intersectorial coordination: Intersectorial Committee of the Agency for the Overcoming of Extreme Poverty, Intersectorial Committee for the Prevention of Illegal use and recruitment of children by illegal armed groups, Intersectorial Committee for the Early Childhood protection policy, amongst others. International technical assistance: PMA, UNODC, UNFPA, UN Habitat, OPS, OIM, PNUD, World Bank, BID, GIZ (Germany), USAID, JAICA, European Union (Eurosocial), Government of Korea, Government of the Republic of China, Belgian Government, United Kingdom government, CAN-CESCAN (European Union), and Give to Colombia, Swift Contact, Cooperation South-South (Mesoamérica, África, Asia).
Preferred Methods of Exchange:
English

Promote the overcoming of the Extreme Poverty situation of 350.000 families in Colombia (from 2010 to 2014), linking our beneficiaries to the public and private sectors programs and project, and providing information about the offer of appropriate and high quality programs and projects oriented to them.

Achievements:
  • 1.300 families are actively members of the Red Unidos until this moment.
  • 33 public institutions are active members of the network.
  • Recently, we start developing strategies to work with women, indigenous people and afrocolombian people, responding to the obligations of the state with the rights approach.
Member country:
Project duration:
November, 2013 to November, 2020
Project status:

BOOST

Image:
BOOST (Building Opportunities for Our Social Transformation)
Target population:
Additional Involvement:
  • The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation (MHDSTPA) is the entity which designed and implements the programme. It is managed by the Family Support Services unit, with officers from that unit responsible for collection of school attendance data to determine monthly compliance with the education conditionality in approximately 60% of schools. Data from the remaining 40% (mainly urban schools) is collected by the Truancy Unit in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. The Ministry also supplies a list of secondary school students at the beginning of each academic year so that student beneficiaries who transition from primary to secondary school can be tracked. Agreements are being finalized for the Ministry of Health to supply health conditionality data by the end of 2013. The Ministry of Heath supports the aspect of the programme for children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS by confirming if a household is registered with them as either being infected/affected by the disease. The programme database is supported by the Policy and Planning Unit in the MHDSTPA.
  • There is also a very strong partnership with the Credit Union League and individual credit unions through which payments are made to beneficiaries.
  • Technical assistance was provided early on in the design phase of the programme by the World Bank, who have also funded an independent process evaluation of BOOST as well.
English

To build human capacity through preventative health care (pregnant woman, children aged 0 to 4) and investment in education of children aged 5 through 17, to break the inter-generational cycle of poverty for families and households.

Achievements:
  1. Linking poor households into the formal finance system through Credit Unions. Over 95% of the beneficiary households now have a credit union account.
  2. Cooperation with Ministry of Education with respect to school monitoring data collection, and partnership with the School Liaison Unit
  3. International support through study tours to Columbia, courses such as the World Bank Social Safety Nets course, and learning from experiences in Jamaica (with technical support of the World Bank)
Member country:
Project duration:
February, 2010
Project status:

Constituency Empowerment Programme

Image:
Constituency Empowerment Programme
Additional Involvement:
  • The original implementation of the project was facilitated by the establishment of a Project Advisory Team. This team undertook the appropriate academic research and fieldwork (inclusive of several community and national fora) with all stakeholders as a means of soliciting the views of Barbadian as to the relevance of the proposed councils as well as the organisational form they should take.
  • With respect to the institutional infrastructure supporting the project it was felt that a department of government should be created to guide the processes. The Department of Constituency Empowerment (DCE) was established and has responsibility for the administration of the Constituency Councils. The DCE is the primary link between the Ministry of Social Care and the Councils themselves. To this end the work of the department and the councils is codified under the Constituency Councils Act 2009-9. The councils are 30 in number and are designed to be representative of, and for, each constituency in the island. The members are nominated (not elected) and are appointed as a representative of either community group, a special interest group, a nominee of political organization represented in the national parliament or as a nominee of the minister responsible for the councils. One of the core functions of the DCE is the role it is to play as a conduit for information and the delivery of social and other services between the various agencies of government and the councils and vice versa. The DCE has set up formal protocols with all major government departments on behalf of the councils, which allows for the fast-tracking of issues that have arisen at that level. The councils have named contact persons within various ministries and are free to contact them directly. Regular meetings are held between the leadership of the councils and the Ministry to share best practices and ideas as well as to address any common concerns that may arise.
  • Technical support was received from the Peoples Republic of China in the form of computer equipment to be used by the DCE and for the individual councils in the pursuit of their mandate duties.
Preferred Methods of Exchange:
English

Pursuant to the relevant laws which support the project, the following is noted of the constituency councils:

[they are] a legally established body of local representatives, who have been appointed and given the authority to voice the concerns of the various residents of the Constituency; to maintain links with Government and other agencies; and to effectively and efficiently assist in the management of resources assigned for the development of the given Constituency.

Achievements:
  1. The empowerment of over 500 persons to represent their communities through the various constituency councils since 2009
  2. Improvements in inter- and intra- ministry linkages through the establishment of operational protocols
  3. Increased levels of volunteerism as a direct consequence of the work of the councils in various communities across the island
Member country:
Project status:

Pages

Subscribe to Workshops