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Nov 6, 2012

BOOST Program, supported and successful in the region

Judith Alpuche

One of the initiatives that came up at the breakfast session attended by the World Bank Representatives, the Ministry of Human Development and the media, was the Food Pantry Program. Judith Alpuche, C.E.O., Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation & Poverty Alleviation said the program is being run in Belize and Cayo Districts. It targets the working poor who can buy a basket of basic goods at a subsidized cost for twelve dollars. At the start of the program the goods were valued at twenty-five dollars, but Alpuche said that the basket items now value thirty-five dollars. The C.E.O. also spoke of the significance of the BOOST program that the World Bank has supported in the region.


Judith Alpuche, C.E.O., Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation & Poverty Alleviation

“Indeed there are two flagship programs that have been developed by the ministry of human development. The Boost programme is a conditional cash transfer program and it provides small cash transfers to poor families on a monthly basis. The families are expected to comply, with certain co-responsibilities. If they have children of school age they are expected to attend school. If they have children from birth to five they are expected to have all their immunizations according to the ministry of health’s schedule. People under sixty we want them to go to the clinics to check on their health and to provide us with annual certificates. Women who are pregnant; we ask that they attend the anti-natal clinic in their first trimester. So the program is designed to be a partnership, a social contract between the government and poor families. The idea aims for both short term and long term. In terms that short term, provides cash that people can rely on every month and in the long term we are trying to develop human capital development that children of poor families get a full coarse secondary education, interface with health system and be productive citizen and that they can break cycle of poverty through education. It is designed for the long term. The boost programme or the conditional cash transfer program are lots of evidence over Latin America to show these programs are reducing  poverty significantly if they are implemented as close to design as possible. With our partnership with the World Bank came in and assess where we are two years in.  And what they have come back and said is that although it’s early yet, the Boost is showing world class results.”

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4 Responses for “BOOST Program, supported and successful in the region”

  1. Hello says:

    Did you all tell them World Bank people that Boots gave 250 thousand dollars to the first Lady, how does that take poor people out of poverty

  2. Southern says:

    So what about the poor people in Toledo? While i support poverty alleviation, i think that people are becoming too dependent on programs like these. Why not bring more help to hard working young people to complete their education? Many of us young people are out here working hard and struggling to send ourselves to school to get a tertiary education. And it is almost impossible to get a student loan.

  3. Seletar says:

    The best anti-poverty program is a good job at a fair wage.

  4. Well_Informed says:

    reply to Southern…

    Do you know anything about the program? It’s objectives? It does support people in Toledo! It’s a country wide programme. And it’s main objective is to build human capital. This starts with 0-5 yr olds following the health advised schedule of checks and vaccinations. It then supports education (one of it’s main objectives is to keep students in school up to secondary level). If you think households are going to become dependent on $44 a month, then I think you are wrong.

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