Anti-poverty Policies and Citizenry: The "Chile
objectively and subjectively, poverty constitutes a
multi-dimensional phenomenon that affects all aspects of the
lives of those who suffer from it.
The most recent
such policy is the system of social protection for families in
extreme poverty known as Chile Solidario (Supportive Chile).
It includes a series of actions with indigent families and
individuals aimed at developing their ability to access the
legally available public subsidies and services.
signifi cance of the issue and the innovative nature of the
policy, along with the socio-political process involved in
designing it, led the Department of Public Policy at the
Institute for Public Affairs of the University of Chile to
include it among the case studies to be analysed in the Ford
Foundation-sponsored research programme entitled “Citizenship,
Participation and Public Policies”.
In this paper, and
based on the results of that research programme, we summarize
the development of Chile’s social and anti-poverty policies,
then look at the way the Chile Solidario programme was
designed, describe its components and some of its fi ndings,
and examine some consequences for intra and extra
institutional relationships. In the concluding section we
include some suggestions on how to improve citizen
participation in the programme.