Progressing with Solidarity

About the program

It is a Program that is the responsibility of the President of the Republic; it protects the poorest families of the Dominican Republic, and contributes towards the wealth of its human and social capital by providing conditional cash transfers, in order to ensure a minimum consumption for these families and ensure their access to basic health and education services. Families also receive socio-educational accompaniment that promotes individual and collective empowerment and promotes their development process.

Country Dominican Republic
Home 2012
Classification Extension and information on nutrition, Infraestructura sanitaria, Labor market and wages, Cash transfers
FNS Dimension Acceso

Assist Dominican families living in extreme poverty through the creation of skills and abilities that allow income generation, employment and improvement in their welfare conditions.

It is responsible of carrying out the following:

  1. Integrate families that live in poverty into a comprehensive development process, through home visits to ensure compliance with responsibilities related to cash transfers that contribute to food and nutrition security of its members.
  2. Coordinate the development of initiatives related to improving the income of families, so that they can invest in under age members’ education and health, as well as training and entrepreneurialism of its members.
  3. Conduct educational activities related to human and social development, facilitating access of family members to better employment opportunities and the exercise of their rights as citizens.
  4. Accompany and empower families in extreme poverty and social vulnerability in their process of integral development through information, guidance and training and awareness on access and enjoyment of goods and services offered by the State and civil society in order to guarantee their fundamental rights.
  5. Influence the development of beneficiary families through coordination and cooperation for capacity building and opportunities for families in extreme poverty and social vulnerability.

In the 2012-2016 period, the Progressing with Solidarity Program aims to include 200,000 new families to benefit from their Solidarity card. New families that benefitted from the Progressing Program and that are not included in the Solidarity Program and that are classified according to eligibility criteria will be prioritized.

Components and/or products


Promotes the ability for families to exercise their basic rights, supports the identification or registration of children, adolescents and adults who are unreported or without an identification card. It promotes the right to a name and a nationality, embodied in personal identification documents that facilitate the enjoyment of other rights such as education, health, and family and social links.

Integral Health

The Program provides guidance and timely information to families that are a part of Progressing with Solidarity in order to carry out actions that enable them to prevent or detect early chronic, viral or any other diseases. Health prevention helps prevent maternal and infant mortality, the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV, detection time and attention to chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes or obesity. It also promotes healthy eating, exclusive breastfeeding during the first six months of life and on time delivery of vaccines.


It seeks to reduce dropout rates and increase grade promotion of children and adolescents from families that are a part of Progressing With Solidarity. Education interventions are aimed at ensuring compliance with the conditionality in education “Comer es Primero (Eating comes First)” and school incentives, through support of registration and monitoring school attendance of children and adolescents, members of beneficiary households, aged 3-21 years which are enrolled between the initial level, the first and eighth grade of basic education, and the first and second grade of middle level to reach a minimum attendance of 80.0%. For these purposes, the chief or head of household is given through a Solidarity debit card, the transfer Incentives for School Attendance (ILAE) and the School Grant for Studying Progress.

Human Formation and Social Consciousness

Progressing with Solidarity hopes that the beneficiary families have more training in human values and awareness of their rights and duties as citizens in order to contribute to building a culture of peace and progress. It intends to generate capacities for harmonious relations among family members, the peaceful resolution of conflicts, participation in organizations, community initiatives and advocacy groups, as well as cultural, sports and recreational activities that promote physical and mental health. Similarly, it promotes participation in spaces for recreation and artistic and cultural expression, training in positive values, eradication of domestic violence and practices favorable to the inclusion of people with disabilities and the elderly.

Food Security, Nutrition and Income Generation

The Progressing with Solidarity Program promotes food security and nutrition for all families participating in the program. It provides technical-vocational training for family members and promotes their integration into income-generating activities.

Habitability and Environment

This Program promotes progressing through savings with State support, the benefitted families inhabit decent houses with two bedrooms, cement floors, health systems and access to potable water. In turn, families pledge to save energy and water, recycle waste and ensure garbage free areas in their habitat.

Access to information and communications technology

Members of families participating in the Program receive training in digital literacy and information and communications technology in the Community Technology Centers, Progressing Training Centers and Computer Training Centers of Indotel. The promotion of the use of digital libraries and the Internet for children and adolescents is intended as a way of strengthening school participation.

Target population

Families that have been identified, surveyed and classified as beneficiary families by the Single System of Beneficiaries (SIUBEN), according to their socioeconomic status.



Geographical coverage Urbano y rural
Responsible organism

Presidencia de la República Dominicana

Executing organism Presidencia de la República Dominicana
Related institutions Ministerio de Salud Pública y Asistencia Social
Instituto Nacional de Formación Técnico Profesional
Instituto Técnico de Santo Domingo
Ministerio del Trabajo
Procuradoría General de la República
Instituto Dominicano de las Telecomunicaciones
Instituto Tecnológico de Las Américas
Normative framework

Decreto 1073-04, que declara de Alto Nivel Nacional, el Sistema Único de Beneficiarios (SIUBEN), encargado de identificar las familias que serán elegidas para recibir los beneficios de los programas sociales y subsidios que se efectúen con recursos públicos. Decreto 1082-04, que crea e integra los Gabinetes de Política Institucional, de Política Económica, de Política Social, y de Política Medioambiental y Desarrollo Físico. Decreto 1554-04, que establece el Programa de Protección Social, con el propósito de proteger de los riesgos a la población de extrema pobreza y a la población en situación de vulnerabilidad social. Decreto 1560-04, que crea la Administración de Subsidios Sociales, adscrita al Poder Ejecutivo. Decreto 426-07, que crea el Sistema Único de Beneficiarios, como una entidad del Gabinete de Coordinación de las Políticas Sociales. Decreto 536-05, que crea el programa “Solidaridad”, dentro de la Red de Protección Social, y dicta otras disposiciones. Decreto 488-012, que integra los programas “Progresando” y “Solidaridad”, articulándose desde el punto de vista administrativo, operativo y comunicacional bajo la denominación de “Progresando con Solidaridad”, integrando las líneas de trabajo de ambos programas.

Financial sources

Current state budget