The Brazil Learning Initiative for a World without Poverty (WWP) is a partnership among the United Nations, the World Bank, and the Brazilian government to encourage knowledge exchange about social protection policies and initiatives to fight poverty. Since 2014, the WWP has surveyed, documented and disseminated in various languages the innovative solutions implemented in Brazil. Starting in 2016, the WWP also began to compile best practices from other countries that could stimulate the design and improvement of social protection systems around the world.
Brazil has attracted the attention of the international community, having made major strides forward in reducing poverty and inequality just 13 years after the conditional cash transfer program known as Bolsa Família (Family Grant) was first launched, alongside other social policies that have proven to be successful.
In recent decades, one major achievement has been the marked decline in the number of Brazilians living below the national poverty line (of R$170 in 2016). According to data from the World Bank, between 2003 and 2014, the country experienced a phase of economic and social development in which more than 29 million people rose out of poverty.
This feat brought 455 delegations from 107 countries to Brazil between 2011 and 2016 to learn about topics such as conditional cash transfer programs, food and nutritional security, social welfare, productive inclusion, and monitoring and assessment.
The WWP is the result of a cooperative effort formalized in 2013 among the Ministry of Social and Agrarian Development (MDSA) — the former Ministry of Social Development and the Fight Against Hunger — the Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea), the United Nations Development Program’s International Policy Center for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG), and the World Bank.
Producing technical content—case studies, fact sheets, videos, seminars, and more—in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French, the WWP’s target audience consists of public policymakers and administrators, in addition to researchers and the general public.
The knowledge products highlight not only which practices have worked best in Brazil, but also the challenges involved in building a social protection system that guarantees social inclusion and quality of life for the most vulnerable people.
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