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Towards a more comprehensive, flexible, and sustainable social protection system.

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Sector Framework Initiatives Projects at a Glance
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We support efficient and flexible cash-transfer programs that alleviate structural poverty and provide protection against systemic or idiosyncratic shocks; early childhood development programs; long-term care systems that promote autonomy of older persons, and services for the inclusion and autonomy of Persons with Disabilities. 

Cash transfer programs targeting families living in structural poverty

Flexible unconditional cash-transfer programs

Early childhood development programs

Long-term care

Services for persons with disabilities

Conditional Cash Transfers

Conditional Cash Transfers are the most efficient instrument to support families affected by the structural poverty in the region. The expansion of these programs has resulted in a positive impact on poverty, consumption and use of health and education services.

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Early Childhood Development

Investing in the first 1000 days of life is critical for children's development and increases societies' productivity, reducing poverty and promoting equality.

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Long-term care systems

Long-term care systems help older persons maintain their quality of life, promote gender equality by reducing the responsibility of care within the family, and create jobs in the care economy.

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People with Disabilities

The following policies are key to increasing the quality of life of persons with disabilities: (i) implementation of national certification systems that facilitate access to existing programs; (ii) implementation of cash-transfer programs that alleviate the poverty of PwD; and (iii) provision of personal assistance and assistive technology that enhance the autonomy and well-being of the PwD, while supporting family members (generally women) who provide assistance.

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In the region, the prevalence of poverty is higher in rural areas —it affects 47.9% of its population, compared to 18.1% in cities—. Additionally, poverty affects the Indigenous Peoples population (39.7%), Afro-descendants (34.4%), and households with children (30.5%) in a disproportionate way.

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Two women sitting on a sofa smiling. Water - Inter-American Development Bank - IDB Aging in Latin America and the Caribbean: Social Protection and Quality of Life of Older Persons
A person holding a baby. Climate change - Inter-American Development Bank - IDB Social Protection and Climate Change: How Can We Protect the Most Vulnerable Households Against New Climate Threats?
A person taking a picture of a child sitting on the floor. Inclusion - Inter-American Development Bank - IDB What Have We Learned from the Hybrid Delivery of ECD Services During the Pandemic?
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