Their underlying principle is that human capital can be enhanced as a development vehicle by providing money to families to persuade them to invest in themselves through greater participation in education and health services. When designed and implemented properly, CCTs’ various components can be complementary: an effective CCT programme combining nutrition, health and education, for example, could help to stabilise beneficiary health through improved nutrition and regular medical examinations, school attendance through better health and ultimately make itself obsolete by improving earnings on the one hand and awareness about nutrition and preventive healthcare practices on the other. In addressing the issue of conditional cash transfers and their impact on children, in this response Eurochild aims to:
Identify some recommendations with respect to ensuring adequate resources from a child-rights perspective;
Identify some key issues for reflection and debate.