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  • Setting the Conditions

    Tara Patricia Cookson

    Chapter from the book: Cookson, T. 2018. Unjust Conditions: Women’s Work and the Hidden Cost of Cash Transfer Programs.


    This chapter juxtaposes a narrative about social inclusion with the metrics used to measure program impact. In the air-conditioned offices and conference rooms of Lima, policy makers and state bureaucrats make decisions that impact program implementation in rural regions. Juntos’s success is measured against a handful of quantitative indicators that create blind spots around poor-quality health and education services. This measurement obsession has unintended gendered consequences. By depoliticizing and rendering technical the problem of poverty, policy makers set into motion a set of practices that mask the very exclusions Juntos seeks to redress.

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    Cookson, T. 2018. Setting the Conditions. In: Cookson, T, Unjust Conditions. California: University of California Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/luminos.49.b

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    Published on May 4, 2018