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Non-contributory Social Protection Programmes Database
Latin America and the Caribbean
Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) (2001-)
Jamaica

 

 

Date: 2001-
Web: Official website of the programme
Description: Conditional cash transfer program with emphasis on vulnerable groups. It was created after the re-organization of three previously existing income transfer programs: Food Stamp, Outdoor Poor Relief and Public Assistance. In 2008 the program added an educational transfer similar to that of Oportunidades. In addition to this, it incorporated a bonus transfer for students who finish secondary education and enroll in higher education.
   

Characteristics

Target population: Poor families with children under 17 years, adults older than 60 years, people with dissabilities, pregnant and/or lactating women, and/or unemployed adults between 18 and 64 years.
Geographic scale: National
Targeting method: 1) Proxy means test: Families in a situation of poverty according to the information in the Beneficiary Identification System (BIS).
2) Categorical: Criteria for program selection.
Instrument of selection: Beneficiary Identification System (BIS).
Registry of recipients: List of registered PATH participants
Exit strategies or criteria: When loosing eligibility conditions. Recertification every 4 years.
Comments: Besides cash transfers, it provides free access to school lunch and health services in communities where it operates.
   

Institutionality

Legal framework:
Responsible organization(s): Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS)
Responsible organization(s) for the registry of recipients: The Management Information System (MIS) unit of the Ministry of Labor and Social Security (MLSS) generates and manages the list of registered PATH participants.
Source of funding: World Bank (WB)
   

1) Health Grant

Recipient(s): 1) Children under 59 months
2) Adults older than 60 years old
3) People with dissabilities
4) Pregnant and/or lactating women
5) Unemployed poors adults (between 18 and 64 years)
Mode of transfer: Flat transfer
Mode of delivery: Magnetic card
Periodicity of delivery: Bimonthly
Recipient of the transfer: Family representative/ Direct beneficiary
Conditionalities: Health: Assistance to health center (frequency depending on each population category)
Sanctions: The beneficiares that do not meet the programme conditions will be suspended until the compliance requirement is full

 

2) Education Grant

Recipient(s): Children aged 6 to 17 years
Mode of transfer: Transfer according to the beneficiary characteristics (amount is 10% higher for men, it increases in up to 50% if the child is enrolled in the first level of secondary education and up to 75% if he/she is enrolled in the higher level of secondary education)
Mode of delivery: Magnetic card
Periodicity of delivery: Bimonthly
Recipient of the transfer: Family representative
Conditionalities: Education: To be registered in a public school and have a monthly minimum attendance of 85%
Sanctions: The beneficiares that do not meet the programme conditions will be suspended until the compliance requirement is full

 

3) Post-Secondary School Grant

Recipient(s): Children that finish secondary school and enroll in higher education
Mode of transfer: Flat transfer
Periodicity of delivery: Lump sum transfer
Recipient of the transfer: Family representative
Maximum per household: One transfer
Comments: Elegibility is restricted to students recipients of at least one PATH transfer during secondary school.

 

4) Base benefit

Recipient(s): All beneficiaries of the programme
Mode of transfer: Flat transfer
Mode of delivery: Magnetic card
Periodicity of delivery: Monthly
Recipient of the transfer: Family representative
Comments: Non-compliant beneficiaries receive a minimum benefit of $400.00 per month instead of no benefit at all. It was introduced under PATH in June 2010

 

The Programme for Advancement through Health and Education (PATH), Jamaica

Author: Inter-Regional Inequality Facility
Date: 2006
Publication info: Policy Brief 4, February, Inter-Regional Inequality Facility at the Overseas Development Institute, London
Link: See Webpage
Topic: General information and impact evaluation

 

Social Safety Net Reform in Jamaica Experience of the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH)

Author: Innerarity, F. and Risden, C
Date: 2010
Publication info: Social and Economic Studies, 59(1/2), pages 181-209
Link: See Webpage
Topic: General information and impact evaluation

 

Do Conditional Cash Transfers Lead to Better Secondary Schools? Evidence from Jamaica’s PATH

Author: Stampini, M., Martinez-Cordova, S., Insfran, S., and Harris, D.
Date: 2016
Publication info: Technical Note No. IDB-TN-1125 from IDB
Link: See Webpage
Topic: Impact evaluation

 

Evaluation of Jamaica’s PATH Program: Final Report

Author: Levy, Dan and Jim Ohls
Date: 2007
Publication info: Mathematica policy Research, Inc., marzo [en línea]
Link: See Webpage
Topic: Impact evaluation

 

 

 

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