Social Panorama of Latin America 1996

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In addition to dealing with core issues such as children and the family, this publication shows trends in the early 1990s in important facets of social development such as poverty, income distribution, employment, social expenditure, education and pay levels. The analysis is complemented by numerous statistical tables.



Anti-Poverty programmes

In the 1990s, most of the countries in the region have developed anti-poverty programmes, which are either sectoral in nature or targeted at specific groups. Most have established social investment funds, which use external resources to finance infrastructure projects. Programmes in the areas of education, health and nutrition have also received backing, but have not had the necessary monitoring and evaluation; they have suffered from a lack of continuity, due to the shortage of local funds, and have not been channelled effectively to the poorest segments of the population.


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