Blogs on conditional cash transfers

  • Non-gender professionals can also work to promote gender equality.

    8 lessons learned from gender equality heroes

    Published on Monday, 03 April 2017

    Professionals who don’t work on gender can still do a lot to promote gender equality.

  • Children of CCT beneficiaries must attend school.

    Can we end poverty in the Philippines through cash transfers?

    Published on Tuesday, 20 December 2016

    Pro-poor growth in the Philippines is driven by a growing budget for social assistance programs like conditional cash transfers.

  • Activity at a local bank in Dili, Timor-Leste.

    Key policy areas to achieve financial inclusion in developing Asia

    Published on Thursday, 14 April 2016

    It’s not just about broadening access to finance, but also inducing beneficial use of credit.

  • A CCT beneficiary shows his card.

    Leveraging conditional cash transfers for universal health coverage

    Published on Monday, 07 March 2016

    Conditional cash transfers are about more than just handing out funds.

  • An ADB-supported microfinance institution in Uzbekistan.

    3 ways to serve Asia and the Pacific’s 'unbanked'

    Published on Monday, 09 March 2015

    To ensure ongoing economic growth in Asia and for the poorest to have a chance to benefit from the region’s growing prosperity, we must prioritize bringing financial services readily and cheaply to the “unbanked”.

  • Pantawid Pamilya: Money for nothing?

    Published on Thursday, 19 February 2015

    More than 4.4 million poor Filipino families receive regular cash grants from the government to help them make ends meet.  But they aren’t getting money for nothing—there is a catch: families only get the cash if their children go to school and get regular health check-ups, and if the parents go to family development sessions every month. 

  • Impact evaluations crucial for effective public policy

    Published on Monday, 01 September 2014

    Asian countries are increasingly turning to investing in dedicated development programs rather than relying entirely on economic growth to deliver better social outcomes. Evaluations of their actual impact have not always accompanied such decision making, but where they have, it has made a key difference.

  • United we stand – coordinating social protection programs

    Published on Wednesday, 25 June 2014

    Social protection programs are increasingly important for supporting vulnerable groups in Asia, including the poor and elderly, but fragmented delivery of services is undermining their impact and effectiveness.

  • Closing the Gap – Policy options for tackling inequality

    Published on Wednesday, 26 February 2014

    Recently IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde noted: “In too many countries, the benefits of growth are being enjoyed by far too few people”. She was making the point that high levels of inequality are a global concern.

  • Closing the gap: New trends and challenges faced by developing Asia

    Published on Monday, 15 July 2013

    Evidence-based strategies—the pragmatic pursuit of polices that worked—were at the front and center of developing Asia’s extraordinary success in raising living standards and reducing extreme poverty over the past two decades.