Government social development ministries can play a key role in reducing vulnerability and building resilience through the way they administer the transfer payment programs for people living in extreme poverty. Conditional cash-transfer (CCT) programs are initiatives that give cash to poor households on the condition that those families take specified actions, like keeping their children in school and taking the family for regular health checkups. Through these social safety-net programs, governments seek to reach the poorest households, help smooth consumption through a small infusion of cash, and stop poverty from passing to the next generation by improving the education and healthcare of participants’ children. These programs have been proven to improve the lives of poor households, raise consumption levels, and reduce poverty and to lead poor households to make use of health and education services for their children.  The number of governments implementing CCT programs has risen dramatically from 3 countries in 1997 to over 40 countries today. 
At their core, CCTs are poverty-reduction programs that facilitate a family’s movement out of poverty through transfers of small amounts of cash to smooth consumption and allow investments in their healthcare and their children’s education. CCTs can also increase resilience when they are used to encourage regular saving.
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 Ariel Fiszbein and Norbert Schady, 2009, Conditional Cash Transfers: Reducing Current and Future Poverty (Washington, DC: World Bank).
 Tina Rosenberg, 2011, “To Beat Back Poverty, Pay the Poor,” Opinionator: “Fixes” (blog), New York Times, 3 January 2011. http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/03/to-beat-back-poverty-pay-the-poor/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0.
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- Executive Summary
- Taking Steps to Target the Poorest
- A Global Context for Extreme Poverty
- Microfinance & Health Providers Can Partner for Greater Results
- Commercial & Social Businesses Can Expand Value Chains to Include Those in Poverty
- Mobile Network Operators Can Build Systems that Reach the Poorest and Most Remote
- Regulators & Policymakers Can Build a National Ecosystem for Inclusion
- Social Support Payments Can Become a Bridge to Financial Inclusion
- Being Accountable for Results
- A Commitment to End Extreme Poverty by 2030
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