Unconditional Cash Transfer In Social Services

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The constraints on the supply side of education, health and food security has resulted in the increase in service use with little correspondence to outcomes. This highlights the gap in social services, particularly when one observes the differences in outcomes, and for those who are included or excluded from the programme. Furthermore, the lack of exit strategies can undermine the possibility of long term human development outcomes. The ideas which permeate the literature on social safety nets are poverty and vulnerability – a definition which goes much beyond the narrow economic view which equates ‘well-being’ to ‘utility’ (Britto, 2004: 9). The relevance of improving human capital accumulation is of importance, particularly in labour rich countries. It becomes a human resource available than a tangible capital resource. The human resource can be transformed into human capital with effective inputs in education health and moral values. Building on health care initiatives could contribute to the end goal of human capital accumulation.
The conditionality aspect of cash transfers is what makes CCTs
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Given the rise in the investment of education and health care through conditional cash transfers, there is reason to believe this could possibly lead to the investment required for eventual human capital accumulation. CCTs are based in economic rationalism which correlates with the notion that people will always go for their best possible outcomes. Yet, critical analysis suggests that by attaching a condition of health care in poverty reduction inevitably conflates education and health as resources which have to be earned, rather than simply being basic social entitlements. Then the aspect of conditionality suggests that those included in CCT programmes do not have a right to have their basic needs

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