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This chapter focuses on social assistance programmes in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC): those designed primarily to reduce poverty and deprivation. It looks briefly at the evolution of these programmes since their inception, about a century ago, but concentrates primarily on the dramatic expansion in and transformation of Latin America's social assistance portfolio in the last two decades. The chapter pays special attention to four basic types of programmes: in-kind transfers (particularly food programmes); workfare programmes; non-contributory social insurance schemes (such as social pensions); and conditional cash transfers.

Keywords: social assistance programmes, LAC, conditional cash transfers, in-kind transfers, social insurance, poverty reduction

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