Lala Kumakura

Date of Award

Spring 5-18-2019

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Idalia Bastiaens, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Judy Benjamin, Ph.D.


Conditional cash transfer programs have emerged all across Latin America, Africa, and Asia as an innovative approach to conventional forms of social assistance programs. This thesis explores the effectiveness of the program through case studies on Brazil’s Bolsa Família and Malawi’s Zomba Cash Transfer Program to examine whether the two programs have long-term impacts to reduce intergenerational poverty. I conclude that, while CCT programs are effective in meeting short-term objectives, further study must be conducted to determine whether they affect the cycle of intergenerational poverty in the long run.