Oportunidades: “Post-ideology” or more paternalism for poor people? (NYT 12/19/08)

Whether we’re talking about the Welfare Reform Act of 1996, or the World Bank/IMF “Washington Consensus,” attaching purse strings to aid is often considered heavy-handed moralism by domestic communities of color and developing nations alike. As described in this wonderful NY Times article, these market-friendly “Oportunidades”–essentially cash transfers contingent on behavior changes–seem to be working in Mexico.

 

"Reyna Luisa Olmedo Vasquez, the nurse for the clinic in Paso de Coyutla. At health clinics like this one in rural Mexico, poor people are paid to bring in their children for checkups."

"Reyna Luisa Olmedo Vasquez, the nurse for the clinic in Paso de Coyutla. At health clinics like this one in rural Mexico, poor people are paid to bring in their children for checkups."

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