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Non-contributory Social Protection Programmes Database
Latin America and the Caribbean
Programa Solidaridad (Solidarity programme) (2005-2012)
Dominican Republic



Date: 2005-2012
Web: Official website of the programme
Description: Conditional cash transfer programme (CCT) developed after the economic crisis that hit the country in 2003. It is part of the Social Protection Network of the Dominican government. It has facilitated the implementation of new cash transfers to different target populations through the Solidarity Card and ADESS (Administrator of Social Subsidies). It has also contributed to the creation of a social provision network (small businesses or commercial establishments) in priority areas of poverty, to which have access programme beneficiaries, ensuring the availability of food stocks of the basic food basket and strengthening small businesses by increasing their income and their integration into the formal banking system.


Target population: Families in extreme and moderate poverty, with children under 16 years old, pregnant women and / or unemployed head of household.
Geographic scale: National
Targeting method: 1) Geographic
2) Proxy means test
Instrument of selection: Single System for the Identification of Beneficiaries (SIUBEN)
Registry of recipients: Single System for the Identification of Beneficiaries (SIUBEN)
Exit strategies or criteria: When household loses eligibility. Maximum period of time in the programme: 6 years, with a recertification in the 3rd year.
Comments: There are other conditional and unconditional cash transfers operated by the Social Grants Administrator (ADESSE) that are not part of the Solidarity Program but can be received by the beneficiaries.


Legal framework: Decree no. 536-05.
Responsible organization(s): Presidency of the Republic
Executing organization(s): Cabinet for the Coordination of Social Policies; Social Grants Administrator (ADESSE)
Source of funding: Government of the Dominican Republic; Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

1) Comer es Primero (Comer es Primero Food Scheme)

Recipient(s): All beneficiary households of the programme
Mode of transfer: Flat transfer
Mode of delivery: Magnetic Card (Solidarity Card)
Periodicity of delivery: Monthly
Recipient of the transfer: Head of household
Maximum per household: One transfer per household
Conditionalities: Health: Attendance of health controls for children under 5 years old.
Identification: Carry out the procedures to get the identitiy documents for the family members that do not have them (birth act and/or ID card).
Training and information: Attendance of training activities in health
Sanctions: Definitive suspension if there is a breach of responsibility in three consecutive periods
Comments: From late 2009 it has been trying to readjust the conditionalities.
Amount : RD$ 700; see Data Excel format


2) ILAE (Incentivo a la Asistencia Escolar / Incentives for School Attendance)

Recipient(s): Households with children between 4 and 21 years old.
Mode of transfer: Transfer according to family composition (number of children)
Mode of delivery: Magnetic Card (Solidarity Card)
Periodicity of delivery: Bimonthly
Recipient of the transfer: Head of household
Maximum per household: Four recipients per family
Conditionalities: Education: Enrollment and school attendance of at least 85%
Sanctions: Definitive suspension if there is non-compliance of the conditonalities in three consecutive periods (6 months).
Comments: In 2009 changes were made to the transfer, according to the characteristics of the recipient (education level).
Amount : The households in poverty and extreme poverty with one or two children or adolescents receive RD$300 monthly, with three children RD$450 monthly and with four or more RD$600 monthly; see Data Excel format


3) Apoyo a los adultos mayores (Support for the elderly)

Recipient(s): Households with adults over 65 years old who do not receive pension nor salary.
Mode of transfer: Flat transfer
Mode of delivery: Magnetic Card (Solidarity Card)
Periodicity of delivery: Bimonthly
Recipient of the transfer: Direct beneficiary
Maximum per household: Does not have
Comments: Operated through the Programme for the Elderly Protection in Extreme Poverty (PROVEE), belonging to the National Council of the Ageing Person (CONAPE).
Amount : RD$ 400; see Data Excel format


4) BonoLuz (Energy consumption subsidy)

Recipient(s): Poor households receiving the subsidy Bonogas and identified by the SIUBEN.
Comments: The targeting method goes from the identification of slums to the identification of poor households, improving the efficiency of the targeted subsidy , reducing errors of inclusion and exclusion. To remedy the error of exclusion, a head of household may request the application of the SIUBEN to qualify for this benefit in the next period of extension to new beneficiary households.
Description: BonoLuz began in 2010, replacing the "Blackout Reduction Programme" (PRA). It aims to benefit 806,000 households. This bonus is paid through the magnetic card (Solidarity Card), covering 100 kilowatts per month. In case of higher consumption, the user will pay the difference.
Amount : The amount is variable and corresponds to the value of the energy that the beneficiary household consumes with a maximum of 100 kilowatts: between RD$25.90 and RD$370.00 per month; see data Excel format


5) BonoGas (Gas consumption subsidy)

Recipient(s): Poor and lower middle class
Comments: One of the objectives of the programme is to reduce the deforestation that occurs when poor people chop down trees used for charcoal and firewood for cooking. Also, to improve the living conditions, safety and quality of cooking with liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
Description: This component is a measure of the Dominican State to protect poor families from the high cost of fuel for cooking. The transfer is done via the magnetic card (Solidarity Card) and is equal to 6 gallons of gas of 25 pounds (5.5 kilos) per month.
Amount : RD$228.00 per month; see data Excel format


Labour Supply Effects of Conditional Transfers: Analyzing the Dominican Republicís Solidarity Program

Author: Canavire, G., and Vasquez, H.
Date: 2013
Publication info: Working paper No.13-08. University EAFIT.
Link: See Webpage
Topic: Impact evaluation


Cómo se distribuyen los recursos públicos en República Dominicana?

Author: Carrasco, H., García, M., Parodi, S., and Vásquez, M
Date: 2016
Publication info: Report of the Division of Social Protection and Health of the IDB
Link: See Webpage
Topic: Descriptive


Manual Operativo del Programa de Transferencias Condicionadas de Solidaridad

Author: Programa Solidaridad
Date: n/d
Publication info: website [online]
Link: See Webpage
Topic: Handbook


Evaluaciones realizadas al Programa Solidaridad

Author: VVAA
Date: n/d
Publication info: website [online]
Link: See Webpage
Topic: Several




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