Superfluous, Pernicious, Atrocious and Abominable? The Case Against Conditional Cash Transfers

Organization(s): IDS
Author: Nicholas Freeland
Year: 2007
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In 1792, the first consumer boycott was organised to protest against the inhumane treatment of slaves in
the production of sugar in the West Indies. In his comic novel of the time, Melincourt, Thomas Love
Peacock (1817) wrote of the trade in sugar that it was “economically superfluous, physically pernicious,
morally atrocious and politically abominable”. Much the same could be said of ‘Conditional Cash Transfers’ (CCTs) today.

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