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This brief reviews a decade of feminist research on conditional cash transfers that has raised serious questions about the assumptions that underpin the use of conditionalities and their impact on poor women’s lives. It highlights concerns about the detrimental effects that conditionalities may have in contexts where quality public services are lacking and where multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination mean that well-intended programme requirements easily slip into coercive and disempowering implementation practices.
Gender and age-responsive social protection: The potential of cash transfers to advance adolescent rights and capabilities
This policy brief reviews the effects of cash transfers on the rights and capabilities of adolescent girls and boys, using a gender and capability lens and focusing on three key capability domains: education, sexual and reproductive health, and freedom from violence. Based on this evidence, the brief highlights the importance of a “cash plus” approach to enhancing adolescents’ multidimensional well-being and achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The thematic briefs outline UN Women’s work in key areas, such as peace and security and economic empowerment, focusing on solutions and illustrating selected results.
Gender equality, child development and job creation: How to reap the ‘triple dividend’ from early childhood education and care services
This brief synthesizes research findings, analysis and policy recommendations for realizing the triple dividend from early childhood education and care services. It draws on key findings of UN Women’s flagship report, Progress of the World’s Women 2015–2016.