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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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.