UCL Institute of the Americas


Carlos Cárdenas Escutia

The history of the Mexican Conditional Cash Transfer programme


Professor Maxine Molyneux and Dr Néstor Castañeda

Conditional Cash Transfers (CCTs) were launched on a national scale in Mexico in 1997. Since then, they have reached a great number of developing countries and have even been implemented in some developed economies. In order to have a deeper understanding of the recent changes that have been introduced by the current administration, my research will explore, through a Critical Discourse Analysis approach, the history of the flagship Mexican Conditional Cash Transfer programme, some of the problematisations it contains as well as alternative problematisations that may have been side-lined.