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Presenting Uruguay’s Asignaciones Familiares


Part 2 of socialprotection.org’s Child Allowance Webinar Series

On the 24th of September 2015, the Child Allowance Webinar Series will continue with a Spanish language webinar dedicated to Uruguay’s Contributory Family Allowances (Asignaciones Familiares, AFAM). The webinar is supported by the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (the IPC-IG/UNDP) and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). Matías Rodríguez (Director of Social Policy in the Social Development Ministry of Uruguay) and Gabriel Lagomarsino (Vice President of Social Security Bank of Uruguay) will serve as discussants. Verónica Amarante (Director of CEPAL in Uruguay) will moderate the event.

Uruguay’s experience with contributory family allowances dates back to the 1940’s. Since 2004, a non-contributory component was added to that social security benefit and later in 2008 it was merged with the new Asignaciones Familiares del Plan de Equidad (AFAM-PE). The AFAM-PE shares many features of other Conditional Cash Transfers programmes implemented in Latin America including proxy means testing to target the country’s poorest and most vulnerable households and health and education conditionalities. The contributory AFAM is means tested (based on the wage of the person responsible for the child) and has the same conditionalities as the AFAM-PE. Both are implemented by the Banco de Previsión Social. AFAM-PE is the country’s largest social assistance programme in terms coverage, reaching nearly 370,000 children in 2014. It is also the largest in terms of level of benefits. Through its educational and health-related conditionalities, the programme has been found to have a positive effect on children’s educational performance as well as a significant impact on poverty and inequality reduction.

The Webinar Series is hosted by socialprotection.org.  officially launched on September 12th, which saw the introduction of new interactive features including the Programme Profile Search and Social Protection Glossary. The platform aims to be the online focal point of social protection knowledge-sharing and capacity building among middle and low income countries. The platform is hosted by the IPC-IG, supported by the Development Working Group of the G20 and financed by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

The purpose of the Child Allowance Webinar Series is to present a variety of child allowance experiences. To access the live recording of the webinar dedicated to South Africa’s Child Support Grant, as well as the materials compiled from the Uruguay Webinar, we invite individuals dedicated to the field of child sensitive social protection to become a member of the Child Allowance Online Community, on socialprotection.org.

We invite you to register as an audience member of the webinar.

Date: 24th September, 2015

Time: 11AM – 12:30PM (UTC-03:00 – Montevideo, Uruguay/Brasília, Brasil)

11am – 12:30pm (UTC-03:00 | Santiago/Buenos Aires)

10am – 11:30am (UTC-04:00 | New York)

9am – 10:30am (UTC-05:00 | Bogotá/México D.F.)


Presentation schedule:

11:00 – 11:45 Matías Rodríguez (Director of Social Policy in the Development Ministry of Uruguay)

          Gabriel Lagomarsino (Vice President of Social Security Bank of Uruguay)

11:45 – 12:00 Verónica Amarante (Director of CEPAL in Uruguay)

12:00 – 12:30 Audience Questions

Following the webinar, the recording of the entire webinar will be available for download on The Child Allowance Online Community, accessible on socialprotection.org. The Community will allow audience members to submit their comments and questions concerning Uruguay’s Asignaciones Familiares. The Presenters and Moderator of the webinar will be available to answer questions and moderate discussions. To stay up-to-date on this and future Child Allowance knowledge sharing initiatives, Join socialprotection.org


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