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Non-contributory Social Protection Programmes Database
Latin America and the Caribbean
Building Opportunities for Our Social Transformation, BOOST (2011-)



Date: 2011-
Description: The BOOST Programme is a co-responsibility cash transfer programme that provides small cash assistance to poor households subject to specific condionalities concerning education (minimum school attendance of 85%) and health (inmunization of children under 5 and pre-natal check-ups for pregnant women).


Target population: Households living in poverty
Geographic scale: National
Targeting method: Categorical: Pregnant women, children younger than 5, school-age children (between 5 and 18 years of age), elderly (over 60 years of age) and people with physical disabilities.

Proxy Means Test: Households in a situation of poverty.
Instrument of selection: Single Information System of Belize (SISB)
Registry of recipients: Single Information System of Belize (SISB)
Comments: As part of the measures to face the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and social isolation, in April 2020 it was announced that the BOOST program would be reinforced to include among its recipients people who receive food assistance, maintaining the maximum of six recipients per family.


Legal framework:
Responsible organization(s): Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation
Executing organization(s): Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation

1) Co-responsibility cash transfer

Recipient(s): Children under 18 and pregnant women
Mode of transfer: According to characteristics of the members of the family group: Basic monthly delivery of BZS $44. Although the amount is the same for all the other categories, the amount given to school-age children varies according to a differentiation system whereby the size of the transfer increases for the highest levels reached in school.
Mode of delivery: Credit Union
Periodicity of delivery: Monthly
Maximum per household: Six participants per household
Conditionalities: Education: 85% of school attendance for children under 18 year
Health: full course of immunization for 0-5 years old; ante-natal check-ups for pregnant women
Amount : Minimum amount of BZD $44 per month and maximum amount of BZD $82 per month; see Data Excel Format


Impact Evaluation of Belize’s Conditional Cash Transfer Programme (BOOST)

Author: The Consultancy Group
Date: 2016
Publication info: Report
Link: See Webpage
Topic: Impact evaluation




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