Building Opportunities for Our Social Transformation Initiative

About the program

"Building Opportunities for Our Social Transformation Initiative" begins in 2011, which is a conditional cash transfer program, which focuses on families living in poverty. Such transfers are effective to meet any of the three main requirements: immunize children under 5; regular prenatal  checkups for pregnant women performed in health centers; and send children to school with a minimum of 85% attendance. When any of these requirements is met the program grants on a monthly basis between BZD$44 and BZD$82 (USD$22 - USD$41) per person, with a maximum of 6 beneficiaries per family. The program also supports the poorest families’ access to financial services such as savings incentives and help get microcredits in order to bring families closer to financial independence.

Country Belize
Home 2011
Classification Cash transfers
FNS Dimension Acceso
Website http://www.humandevelopment.gov.bz/
Objectives
  1. Reducing poverty through economic aid.
  2. Breaking the cycle of family poverty through the development of children.
Components and/or products

Conditional cash transfer

BOOST delivers on a monthly basis between BZD$44 and BZD$82 (USD$22 - USD$41) per person, for vulnerable households. The maximum number of beneficiaries by household is 6 persons.

Families must meet the following responsibilities:

  1. Education: School attendance to 85%, for children under 18;
  2. Health: complete immunization for children between 0 and 5 years of age; assistance to pre-natal checkups for pregnant women.
Target population

Vulnerable households:

  1. Pregnant women;
  2. Children between 0 and 4 years of age;
  3. Children who attend school;
  4. Senior citizens (over 60); and
  5. People living with disabilities
Scope

Nacional

Geographical coverage Urbano y rural
Responsible organism

Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation

Executing organism Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation
Related institutions Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports
Ministry of Health