Can Conditional Cash Transfers Improve Health and Education Outcomes on a Large Scale?


Friday, February 6, 2015, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Ash Center Student Speaker Series

Clio Dintilhac (MPP/ID ’16), Amri Ilmma (MPP/ID ’16 and HKS Indonesia Program Student Fellow), and Dian Kusuma (DSc candidate, HSPH, and HKS Indonesia Program Fellow)

Lunch will be provided.

About the Event
Conditional Cash Transfers (CCTs) are a popular yet sometimes controversial public policy approach to improving social welfare by rewarding healthy and productive behaviors with money. We have been sending Harvard students to Indonesia to study CCTs for a number of years – come learn the real story from HKS Indonesia Program Fellow Dian Kusuma (DSc candidate, HSPH) and HKS MPA/ID students Clio Dintilhac and Amri Ilmma. Clio and Amri’s recent winter SYPA research on the key political and administrative challenges faced by CCTs focused on increasing take up rates among current beneficiaries and expanding the program in terms of both coverage and benefits. Dian’s ongoing research analyzes conditional cash transfers as a key component of a sustainable national health insurance system. The speakers will share their work studying the impact of CCTs on health and education outcomes in Indonesia, addressing questions such as: How do CCTs work? Wherein lies their greatest potential? And what lessons can other countries and jurisdictions learn from Indonesia’s diverse experiences with CCTs?

About the Series
The Ash Center Student Speaker Series highlights and explores the implications and lessons learned from the research projects or applied learning experiences of Harvard University students supported by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Each week, we invite two students to offer brief remarks on their work, or a response to one another’s work, and then open to table for discussion. The series will take place each Friday at 12 noon in the Ash Center foyer, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North. Lunch will be provided.