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Aporte Económico del Adulto Mayor (2005-)



Date: 2005-
Web: Official website of the programme
Description: The Economic Contribution of the Elderly programme was designed to protect the population of the elderly and with disability who lack economic resources and are left without any right to other types of pensions. Also, both preventative and curative medical attention services are offered to the recipients of this program, under the responsibility of Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance.


Target population: 1) Persons who have attained age 65 or more.
2) Persons with physical, psychological or sensorial disabilities who have attained age 65 or more.
Geographic scale: National
Targeting method: 1) Categorical : Requirements for age (65 years) and Guatemalan nationality
2) Proxy Means test
Instrument of selection: Socioeconomic studies
Registry of recipients:
Exit strategies or criteria:
Comments: As part of the measures to face the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and social isolation, in April 2020, its coverage was expanded to reach a greater number of older adults. People whose physical, psychological and sensorial disability is included within the context established by Article 53 of the Political Constitution of the Republic of Guatemala, who have attained 65 years or more and have physical or mental limitation that is certified by national entities related to health are covered.


Legal framework: Decree No. 85-2005; modified by Decree No. 39-2006
Responsible organization(s): Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare
Executing organization(s): Department of Social Welfare of Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare
Responsible organization(s) for the registry of recipients: Department of Social Welfare of Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare
Source of funding: Special annual contribution of solidarity and state funding

1) Economic Contribution of the Elderly

Recipient(s): Persons who were at the age 65 or more and / or with disability
Mode of transfer: Monetary
Mode of delivery: Cash or through state banks
Periodicity of delivery: Monthly
Recipient of the transfer: Direct participant
Maximum per household:
Conditionalities: --
Sanctions: --
Comments: At the initiation of the program in 2005, the amount of transfer was equivalent to 40 percent of the minimum salary for workers of agriculture sector.
Amount : GTQ $400




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