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Anti-poverty Policies and Citizenry: The "Chile Solidario" Experience: UNESCO SHS
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Anti-poverty Policies and Citizenry: The "Chile Solidario" Experience
Both 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.

The 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.

Document Type Policy Paper
Website (URL) http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0014/001402/140240e.pdf
Author(s) Julieta Palma/Raúl Urzúa
Publication Year 2005
Volume/Issue Number 12
Number of Pages 32
Series Title Policy Papers NEW series MOST2

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