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Description - Progress Against Poverty by Santiago Levy

In 1997, Mexico launched a revolutionary program to combat poverty. Initially named Progresa and now known as Oportunidades, it has become an important example of a sustainable and scalable poverty reduction strategy in the developing world. In Progress against Poverty, Santiago Levy-the main architect of Progresa-Oportunidades-offers his unique perspective on the development of the program, the reasons for its success, the challenges it faces, and its applicability in other nations. Its approach is innovative: the program dispenses money directly to poor households-a change from the traditional method of providing subsidized necessities through intermediaries. However, the cash transfers are contingent on the recipients' investments in their own health, nutrition, and education.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780815752219
ISBN-10: 0815752210
Format: Paperback
Pages: 172
Imprint: Brookings Institution
Publisher: Brookings Institution
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Santiago Levy

Santiago Levy is former general director of the Mexican Social Security Institute. From 1994 to 2000, he served as deputy minister of finance in Mexico and was the main architect of the Progresa-Oportunidades program.

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