UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Targeting Cash Transfer Programmes in Brazil: BPC and the Bolsa Familia

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AUTHOR Marcelo Medeiros, Tatiana Britto and Fabio Veras Soares
ORGANIZATION International Poverty Centre
TYPE Working Paper
DATE 2008
TOPIC Child-sensitive social protection
LANGUAGE English
ABSTRACT

This paper describes several characteristics of the two most important targeted cash transfer programs in Brazil. The authors discuss the programs’ institutional aspects, long-term sustainability, beneficiaries and levels of targeting while also addressing the need for conditionalities and the effects of transfers on labour market participation. The programs are accomplishing the goals they were designed to achieve by reducing poverty and inequality. The programmes do not have a negative impact on incentives to work or contributions to the pension system, and this paper argues that the programmes should remain and, if possible, be expanded in the future. 


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