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Non-contributory Social Protection Programmes Database
Latin America and the Caribbean
Progressing with Solidarity (2012-)
Dominican Republic

 

 

Date: 2012 -
Web: Official website of the programme
Description: It is a social protection programme that links families living in extreme poverty to conditional cash transfers, targeted subsidies, socio-educative support, and promotes the access to public services to achieve an integral family development. Also, this programme operates through seven components seeking for capabilities building, values and empowerment. Finally, this programme looks for opportunities fpr income generating, employment, and entrepreneurship in order to create a full realisation of citizenship rights and to achieve a greater access to public services.
   

Characteristics

Target population: Families in extreme (ICV-1) and moderate poverty (ICV-2).
Geographic scale: National
Targeting method: 1) Proxy means test: Families in condition of poverty according to the Quality of Life Index (ICV) of the Unique System of Beneficiaries (SIUBEN).
Instrument of selection: Quality of Life Index (ICV) of the Unique System of Beneficiaries (SIUBEN).
Registry of recipients: Unique System of Beneficiaries (SIUBEN).
Exit strategies or criteria: Due to reiterated breach of conditionalities in health and / or education.
SIUBEN recertifies the ICV score to families beneficiaries of PROSOLI. Recertification every 4 years.
Comments: The family counseling lengths two and a half years, and seeks to develop skills to exercise rights and duties, also to facilitate the access to public services. During the process, families should fulfill different requisites, such as: signing a contract to meet conditionalities and participation in other actions, attendance to training sessions to achieve new skills, and participation on organised groups and comunitarian activities.
   

Institutionality

Legal framework: Decree 488-12; Decree 536-05
Responsible organization(s): Vicepresidency of the Republic
Executing organization(s): Directorate General of Progressing with Solidarity
Responsible organization(s) for the registry of recipients: Cabinet of Coordination of Social Policies (GCPS), whose leadership falls on the Vice Presidency of the Republic.
Source of funding: Government of the Dominican Republic
   

1a) ILAE (Incentivo a la Asistencia Escolar / Incentives for School Attendance)

Recipient(s): Households with children between 6 and 16 years old. The age bracket was 5 to 21 until 2013.
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 80%
Sanctions: Definitive suspension if there is non-compliance of the conditonalities
Amount : Households in poverty and extreme poverty with one child receive RD$150 monthly, and up to RD$600 monthly in the case of households with 4 or more children. The payment is delivered bimonthly. See Data Excel format

 

1b) 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.
Sanctions: Definitive suspension if there is not an attendance to health controls.
Amount : RD$ 825

 

1c) 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.

 

1d) 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

 

1e) Studying Progress School Bonus

Recipient(s): Household with members enrolled in secondary education under 21 years old.
Mode of transfer: Transfer according to educational level
Mode of delivery: Magnetic Card (Solidarity Card)
Periodicity of delivery: Bimonthly
Recipient of the transfer: Head of household
Conditionalities: * Education: 80% of attendance.
Sanctions: The incentive is suspended when there is an attendance less than 80% in a two-month period until the next verification.
Comments: Started in 2013
Description: Promotion of obtaining birth certificate, identity and electoral cards
Amount : RD$ 250.00 per month for each member under 21 years old enrolled the 1st and 2nd grades, RD$375.00 per month to those are enrolled and attend 3rd and 4th grades at secondary level. Finally RD$500.00 per month to those who attend technical-vocational level. see Data Excel format.

 

2) Identification

Recipient(s): All beneficiary households of the programme
Conditionalities: Is a compromise between the beneficiaries and the programme, that is consigned by the family support agents.
Description: Promotion of obtaining birth certificate, identity and electoral cards.

 

3) Integral Health

Recipient(s): All beneficiary households of the programme
Description: Provides information about preventive health to detect chronic diseases, virals, among others. It aims to reduce the maternal and child mortality, spread of sexually transmitted diseases, detection and treatment of chronic diseases and promote healthy eating, breastfeeding and vaccination.

 

4) Human Training and Citizen Awareness

Recipient(s): All beneficiary households of the programme
Comments: There is a strong emphasis on preventing and reducing violence against women and domestic violence.
Description: Seeks to provide more training on citizens rights and duties, through the generation of soft capabilities, such as peaceful conflicts resolution, participation in social and comunitarian organisations, and the execution of cultural and sports activities.

 

5) Food Security, Nutrition and Income Generation

Recipient(s): All beneficiary households of the programme
Description: Seeks to provide more training on citizens rights and duties, through the generation of soft capabilities, such as peaceful conflicts resolution, participation in social and comunitarian organisations, and the execution of cultural and sports activities.

 

6) Access to Information Technologies and Communications

Recipient(s): All beneficiary households of the programme
Description: Beneficiaries receive digital literacy courses in Community Technology Centers and Training Centers and Informatics Progressing lNDOTEL, with the goal of training and access to employment opportunities. In children and young people seeking the use of ICT as a strategy for strengthening school.

 

7) Habitability and Environmental Protection

Recipient(s):
Description: Promotes individual savings and public support would enable families to live in a decent house, i.e., two bedrooms, cement floors, and drinkable water and sewerage system. Moreover, families have to reduce energy and water consumption, to recycle domiciliary, and to maintain an environment free of debris.

 

Informe de hallazgos de la evaluación del estado nutiricional: Seguridad Alimentaria en una muestra representativa de beneficiarios y no beneficiarios del PROSOLI

Author: Representatives of FAO in Dominican Republic
Date: 2017
Publication info: Vicepresidency of Dominican Republic [online]
Link: See Webpage
Topic: Impact evluation

 

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

 

 

 

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