The Links between Corruption and Human Rights in the Implementation of Cash Transfers Programmes

by Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona

In recent years, cash transfers programmes have been introduced in all regions of the world, especially in Latin America, Africa and South Asia. These programmes are often presented as flagship programmes for reducing poverty, yet there are several issues related to transparency and access to information that need consideration from a human rights perspective.

The ICHRP report on Corruption and human rights: Integrating human rights in the anti-corruption agenda (2010) addressed the importance of establishing accountability and transparency mechanisms in cash transfer programmes. The report encourages the human rights and the anti-corruption movements to work together in assessing these programmes.

In April 2010, the ICHRP together with the University of Monterrey Mexico (Escuela de Graduados en Administración Pública y Política Pública del Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico) organised a workshop in Mexico City that convened policy makers, practitioners and human rights experts to discuss the links and avenues of collaboration. The approach proposed by the report is also now gaining wider acceptance. See for example, the views of Ariel Fiszbein, Chief Economist for the Human Development Network at the World Bank.

Further Reading:

ICHRP (2009).
Corruption and Human Rights: Making the Connection

    ICHRP (2010).
    Integrating Human Rights in the Anti-Corruption Agenda : Challenges, Possibilities and Opportunities

    About the Author:

    Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona is the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights and Research Director at the International Council on Human Rights Policy.

    1 comment:

    1. There is an interesting piece of research on the mental health impact of CTPs on girls in Malawi - including the differential effects of conditional and unconditional schemes - here:


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