Social Inclusion Program "PROSPERA"

About the program

“PROSPERA” articulates and coordinates the institutional offer of programs and actions regarding  social policy, including those related to the promotion of production, income generation, economic, financial and labor inclusion, education, food and health; aimed towards the population which lives in extreme poverty, under responsibility schemes that enable families to improve their living conditions and ensure the enjoyment of their social rights and access to social development with equal opportunities.

Country Mexico
Home 01.01.2000
Classification Food Aid, Extension and information on nutrition, Nutritional Health, Cash transfers
FNS Dimension Acceso, Utilización

General objective

Contribute to breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty, fostering the development of skills related to food, health and education of the beneficiary families.

Specific objectives

Extend the capabilities associated with food, health and education for the beneficiary families through:

  1. Providing support to beneficiary families to improve the nutrition of all its members.
  2. Ensuring access to Guaranteed Basic Package of Health and progressive extension to 27 public health interventions named the Universal Catalogue of Health Services (CAUSES) for beneficiary families, with the aim of promoting the use of preventive health services and self-care and nutrition of all its members, with emphasis on the most vulnerable such as children, pregnant women and nursing mothers.
  3. Provide growing educational support in primary, secondary and higher education for children and youths from beneficiary families, in order to encourage their enrollment and regular school attendance and completion of secondary education.
  4. Promote commitment to the program’s objectives and the active participation of all individuals which are members of beneficiary families by fulfilling the responsibilities associated with program interventions.
  5. Encourage the population that receives the program’s benefits to access the institutional offer of federal social programs that increase their productive capacity or improve the economic well-being of families and their members, through coordination and institutional linkage.
  6. Establish the implementation of the Crusade Against Hunger as a strategy of inclusion and social welfare, encouraging the participation of the public, social and private sector organizations and national and international cooperation in order to fulfill the objectives of the institutions, and
  7. Enhance the effects of the program by providing other types of monetary support established by the Federal Government for the target population of the program.
Components and/or products

Support for the Elderly

The Program provides, every two months, a monthly financial support of 345 pesos (USD$26) for the elderly, which are members of the beneficiary families, aged 70 or more.


The program focuses its actions to support the enrollment, retention and regular attendance to primary, secondary and higher education to the children and youths that are a part of the beneficiary families. This component consists of educational scholarships and support in the acquisition of school supplies for each of the children and youths which are members of the beneficiary families. Additionally, in order to encourage the educational attainment of the scholarship holders of higher secondary education, they are provided with a monetary incentive in order to conclude this level of education. With regard to the young people who complete secondary and / or high school, through accreditation with the recognition of knowledge acquired, monetary support may be provided if a certification of these levels is obtained. In addition to the scholarship, higher education attendees may obtain transport support. The program facilitates the scholarship holders by linking with organizations, institutions, organizations and public and private agencies with fellowship programs. 


Through the actions of health promotion for disease prevention, as well as pushing for access to quality health services.

  1. It provides the free Guaranteed Basic Package of Health.
  2. It promotes better nutrition of the target population through surveillance and monitoring of nutritional status and delivery of nutritional supplements to children under five, pregnant women and nursing mothers as well as of case control regarding malnutrition.
  3. It promotes and enhances self-care health for beneficiary families and the community, through educational communication in health, prioritizing food and nutrition education, health promotion, disease prevention and adherence to treatment of chronic patients.


The program provides monthly direct cash transfers to beneficiary families in order to contribute to improve the quantity, quality and diversity of their diet, aiming to improve their nutritional status through proper nutrition.

  1. Food Support: The program gives 315 pesos (USD$24) on a monthly basis, this is called Alimentary Support to the families that benefit from the Program.
  2. Supplementary Food Support: In addition, the program provides a monthly cash transfer of 130 pesos (USD$10) called Supplemental Food Support, which aims to compensate for the effect of rising international food prices.
  3. Child Support: Beneficiary families with members from 0 to 9 years of age, who have verified their age previously, can receive, twice a month, a monthly cash transfer of 115 pesos (USD$8) per child within this age range in order to strengthen its development.
Target population

The program's target population is households whose income and socioeconomic conditions prevent the development of its member’s capacities in areas related to food, health and education.


  • Education
    1. Register children and youth under the age of 18 as of December 31st for the initial school year; register children and youth that have not completed primary or secondary education in authorized schools and support their regular attendance and enroll young men and women of up to 22 years and eleven months with special educational needs in special schools.
    2. Enrolling young men and women up to 21 years of age as of December 31st of the initial school year who have completed primary and secondary education in higher secondary authorized schools and support them in order for them to remain in the school system.
  • Health
    1. Timely registration in the health unit that is assigned to them when entering the program or when a new one is assigned.
    2. All members of the beneficiary family must attend their scheduled health service appointments, including the elderly.
    3. Participate in actions related to educational communication for self-care, according to the rural or urban model of the health component that family receives, preferably by the member of the beneficiary family from 15-60 years of age old who is summoned.


The program has national coverage in localities where accessibility conditions and health care services exist, as well as accessibility to education services, which allow the Program’s components to operate in an integrated manner.

Geographical coverage Urbano y rural
Annual budget


  • Approved budget: USD$2,730,865,350.95
  • Executed budget: USD$1,681,694,409.10


  • Approved budget: USD$2,910,076,861.03
Responsible organism

Secretaría de Bienestar

Executing organism Coordinación Nacional de PROSPERA Programa de Inclusión Social
Related institutions Secretaría de Educación Pública
Secretaría de Salud
Related national policies

Mexico Without Hunger National Program

Normative framework

Ley General de Desarrollo Social Manual de Procedimiento de la Coordinación Nacional del Programa Oportunidades Lineamientos generales para la identificación y medición de la pobreza. Decreto de Austeridad para la Asministración Pública Federal Decreto por el que se reforma el diverso por el que se crea la Coordinación Nacional del Programa de Educación, Salud y Alimentación como órgano desconcentrado de la Secretaría de Desarrollo Social, publicado el 8 de Agosto de 1997. 

Decreto por el que se establece el Sistema Nacional para la Cruzada Contra el Hambre. Diario Oficial de la Federación 30/12/2013: Acuerdo por el que se emiten las Reglas de Operación del Programa de Desarrollo Humano Oportunidades, para el ejercicio fiscal 2014. 

Diario Oficial 5/09/2014: Decreto por el que se crea la Coordinación Nacional de PROSPERA Programa de Inclusión Social.

Financial sources

The Program’s budget is allocated to three ministries: Ministry of Social Development (SEDESOL), Ministry of Public Education (SEP) and Ministry of Health (SSA).