De la Mano con PROSPERA (DMP) - Mexico

Program name:

De la Mano con PROSPERA (Hand with PROSPERA) – DMP




Guerrero and Querétaro

Start date:

August, 2016

Fecha finalización:

Julio 2018


2 years


Yes, it is

Scale up contemplated?


Component of a larger program?

Yes, it is part of the PROSPERA program

Participating households:


Main Messages

  • The study finds positive results for the beneficiaries in living conditions, consumption, asset value and social capital, as well as in the emotional characteristics of the beneficiaries, after the end of the project.

  • After participation in the program, a significant decrease in the proportion of women working for third parties was observed, accompanied by an increase in the proportion of self-employed beneficiaries.

  • There was a significant increase in the proportion of beneficiaries who were food secure after participating in the project, which may be due to an increase in food expenditure, as well as a higher proportion of beneficiaries who were engaged in the production and sale of animals and prepared foods.

  • The pre-existing differences between the states of Guerrero and Querétaro in terms of emotional and psychological resources were accompanied by different results after program implementation, with households with fewer resources presenting results of greater magnitude, suggesting that a program with clear objectives and well implemented can diminish pre-existing gaps between beneficiaries.

  • However, it is found that the beneficiaries require a minimum endowment of emotional, psychological, physical and social fabric resources for the intervention to have the expected results.

Program Objectives

Help extreme poverty households in rural areas receiving PROSPERA and the Programa de Apoyo Alimentario (Food Support Program), mainly women heads of household, to:

  1. Overcome the line of minimum welfare in a sustainably way
  2. Reduce the number of social deprivation this households faced
  3. Empower them so they value their own abilities and improve their welfare

Targeting Criteria

Base on area of residence (urban, rural, mixed)?

Rural, particularly localities of high or very high marginalization

Based on gender?

Yes, given priority to women

Based on poverty line?

Yes, extreme poverty

Based on another vulnerability?


Other institutions

Secretaría de Desarrollo Agrario, Territorial y Urbano (SEDATU), ), responsible for supporting housing improvement.

Banco Nacional Financiero (BANSEFI), entity responsible for transfers and promotion of formal financial instruments.

Universidad Autónoma Chapingo, responsible for technical training to participants.

Evaluation No. 1

Implementing Institution: IBERO – EQUIDE

Type: Processes evaluation

Objective: Evaluate the operation of the project De la Mano con PROSPERA at six locations in the states of Guerrero and Querétaro, with a systematic analysis of the operation of Graduation Project to identify how their processes, sub-processes and activities lead to the achievement of the products defined in the design and identify bottlenecks and best practices in implementing processes and activities.


  • Supporting documentation review (National Development Plan 2012-2018, PROSPERA Operating Rules, statistical data from sources such as the Consejo Nacional de Evaluación de la Política de Desarrollo Social (CONEVAL) and the Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Geografía e Informática (INEGI)
  • Interviews with organizations and stakeholders at national and local level (PROSPERA, FK)
  • Interview with zonal coordinators and gestores
  • Survey to zonal coordinators and gestores
  • Interview/focus groups with beneficiaries
Evaluation No. 2

Implementing Institution: IBERO – EQUIDE

Type: Results Evaluation

Objective: Identify changes in participants welfare through socio-economic, attitudinal, financial and social variables, that can be attributed to the program.


  • Beneficiary Survey
  • Focus groups with beneficiaries
Implementing institution

The Instituto de Investigación para el Desarrollo con Equidad (EQUIDE) (Research Institute for Development with Equity – EQUIDE) is an applied research center oriented to the design and evaluation of public policies in Mexico, in the areas of poverty, health and environment. It aims to generate useful, high quality, information to guide decision making in strategic sectors in favor of sustainable development and social equity.

Work Team

Graciela Teruel

Principal investigator

Raquel Morales


Merlene Peters


Viviana León-Jurado

Case Coordinator

Daniel Rodríguez

Research assistant


Following up

The Centro de Estudios sobre Desarrollo Económico (CEDE) is one of the first and main research and consultancy centers on economic and social in Colombia. It is renowned for the quality and innovation of its research, for having a highly qualified professional and teaching team and for its impact on public policy issues in Colombia and the region.