Atlas of extreme poverty in the North and Northeast regions of Brazil in 2010

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International Policy Center for Inclusive Growth
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November 2015
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Poverty - Inequality - Aid Effectiveness

Poverty and extreme poverty have been decreasing significantly in Brazil. Between 2004 and 2013, poverty decreased from 20 per cent to just over 9 per cent of the population, while extreme poverty fell from around 7 per cent to 4 per cent in the same period. A considerable part of this decrease was due to the expansion of the labour market and significant increases in transfers to the poor, both by social security and through the Bolsa Família programme. Unfortunately, this progress has stagnated. Between 2012 and 2013, extreme poverty increased slightly, and poverty remained stable. The labour market is deteriorating rapidly, and the fiscal scenario has gone from being relatively favourable to quite concerning. Data indicate that the two driving forces behind the reduction in poverty rates?the labour market and transfers to the poor?are unable to keep the same pace they had in the previous decade.


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