Policy Coordination

Poverty is a multidimensional phenomenon and its confrontation requires the coordinated action between different sectors and policies. In the case of Brazil, a federative country, in which states and municipalities have certain administrative autonomy, it is also necessary the articulation among governments to deal with the problem.

In 2011, when Brazil had already a consolidated Unified Registry, the government created a strategy called ‘Brazil without Extreme Poverty’ (Brasil Sem Miséria – BSM, in Portuguese). The plan was characterized by the combination of intersectoral coordination and federal articulation.

Structured multidimensionally around three activity areas, the plan involves work by 22 ministries1 as well as by all the states and municipalities that jointly implement around 100 actions. This text describes the conditions that led to the creation of the plan and highlights some of its main features.

Download our items on the BSM: Fact sheet, Introduction, Extreme poverty line and target population, Active searching and focalization, Intersectoral coordination, Federative coordination, Income guarantee, Access to services and the ‘Brasil Carinhoso’ Program, Urban productive inclusion, Rural productive inclusion and Monitoring.

All the content mentioned above can also be found in Publications.

Note: On October 2, 2015, the government of Brazil has announced a ministerial rearrangement, which extinguished eight ministries and ministerial secretariats, including the Ministry of Fishing and Aquaculture (MPA), the Secretariat of Strategic Affairs of the Presidency of the Republic (SAE/PR), the General Secretariat of the Presidency and the Secretariat of Institutional Relations. At the same time, it was announced the merging of the Ministry of Labor and Employment into the Ministry of Social Welfare and the Special Secretariat for Policies to Promote Racial Equality and the Special Secretariat for Women’s Policies into the Special Secretariat for Human Rights.