24 September 2015
IPC-IG and ECLAC
The second webinar in the Child Allowance webinar series explored the Uruguayan programme Asignaciones Familiares. Uruguay’s experience with contributory family allowances dates back to the 1940s. Since 2004, a non-contributory component was added to the social security benefit, which was merged with the new Equity Plan Family Allowances (AFAM-PE) in 2008. The AFAM-PE share many characteristics with other conditional cash transfer programmes implemented in Latin America, including approximation tests (proxy tests) to measure the poorest and most vulnerable households in the country and health and education conditionalities. Through its educational and health-related conditionalities, the programme has had a positive effect on children’s academic performance, as well as a significant impact on reducing poverty and inequality.
The event, held in Spanish, was organised by the IPC-IG and ECLAC.
- Gabriel Lagomarsino, Vice President of the Banco de Previsión Social, Uruguay
- Matías Rodríguez, National Director of Social Policies at the Ministry of Social Development, Uruguay
Moderator: Verónica Amarante, Director of ECLAC, Uruguay