Report on Cash transfer programmes (CTPs) from a human rights perspective (A/HRC/11/9), submitted by the independent expert on the question of human rights and extreme poverty

Author: Magdalena Sepúlveda
Year: 2009
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This report focuses on cash transfer programmes (CTPs) from a human rights perspective. CTPs are non-contributory programmes  providing payments in the form of cash to individuals or households. The primary objective of  CTPs is to increase the real income of beneficiaries in order to enable a minimum level of  consumption within the household. CTPs have been identified as effective tools for poverty

eradication due to their capacity to reduce economic inequalities and break the intergenerational
transmission of poverty. Yet these programmes have seldom been discussed or analysed from a
human rights perspective.

The report argues that while CTPs are a tool that can assist States in fulfilling  their obligations under national, regional and international human rights law. The transfers may  have an impact on the exercise of a number of economic, social, cultural, civil and political  rights. In particular, CTPs have the potential to assist in the realization of the right to an adequate  standard of living, including adequate food, clothing and housing.

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