Please join us for the Change Seminar next week *Tuesday 12/4/2018* in JHN

*Who: *Dr. Tara Patricia Cookson
*What:* Unjust Conditions: Women’s Work and the Hidden Cost of Cash
Transfer Programs
*When: *Tuesday, Dec 4th, 12-1pm
*Where:* Johnson Hall 111

*Abstract* Conditional cash transfer (CCT) programs are praised as
efficient mechanisms for changing poor people’s health and education
seeking behavior, and promoting financial inclusion. Yet behind the good
intentions, CCT programs’ successes ring hollow, based solely on metrics
for children’s attendance at school and health appointments. This talk
presents ethnographic findings from a new book on the World Bank's "model"
CCT program in Peru. In looking beyond routine program evaluations, it
reveals a host of hidden costs for the mothers who meet the conditions, and
will provide pragmatic recommendations for research and policy.

*Bio* Dr. Tara Patricia Cookson is Co-Founder and Director of Ladysmith, a
Social Purpose Corporation that provides research services for
international development organizations including UN Women, UNICEF, and the
OECD.  She is author of Unjust Conditions: Women’s Work and the Hidden Cost
of Cash Transfer Programs, which is based on her PhD research at the
University of Cambridge, where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar. In 2014
she received the Bill Gates Sr Prize for founding a leadership program for
early career researchers called Learning for Purpose. Tara is currently a
SSHRC Research Fellow at the University of British Columbia, and is a
Seattle Women’s Commissioner.
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