ECON 5705 Economist Articles Week 11 Brendan O’Neal

ECON 5705 Economist Articles Week 11 Brendan O’Neal

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Brendan O’Neal Brendan O’Neal ECON 5705 Economist Articles Articles This week I chose to critique the article, Anti-poverty programmes, give the poor money . This article outline the programs most used to combat poverty; it goes on to discuss one of the most popular programs a conditional-cash transfer in poor and middle- income countries. These programs pay out stipends in cash and food to the “poorest” that meet the criteria to receive the benefits; these programs also provide for their children going to school and receiving vaccinations and basic medical care. These programs now are in many countries, including the US. New York City has a program that benefits many of their citizens. The opinion of the folks at “The Economist” is that CCTs are a start to helping poverty and assisting in amelioration of social issues that piggyback the profound and dynamic issue of poverty. I agree with this opinion. I see these social issues at work everyday in my line of work. I see individuals with a plethora of these social problems (housing, legal, social, occupational, access to health care, access to social services, financial, and other stressors); they run into barriers to accessing any social programs due to their lack of accessibility and strict criteria to access them. They are in need, but often find it impossible to access any assistance programs for several reasons, to include transportation, location, funding of the program, or other reasons. The implementation of more CCT programs throughout the country would help in many ways, including healthcare and education of the children in low-income areas. If one thinks about the problem of poverty, many times the root of the issue starts with education; education to obtain gainful employment, education on healthcare, education 1
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on important social issues that the youth gets throughout their years in formal education. The CCT’s that are currently in place address basic living skills; this includes educating the parents and children on reproduction, vaccination, and other basic health issues. Statistically, it is the poor that often have the largest families that produce the largest amount of these basic social problems, because of the large population in poverty, the large family size perpetuates the cycle of poverty. The CCT’s assist these families in clothing, feeding, and providing consistent shelter. Their provision of education and healthcare also is beneficial; when a
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