develop_region: 
Latin America & Caribbean
iso2: 
BR
iso3: 
BRA
Continent: 
Americas
Official name: 
Federative Republic of Brazil

Expanding fiscal space for social protection

International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth, IPC-IG

Founded in 2004, the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) is a global forum for South-South dialogue on innovative development policies. The Centre is guided by a partnership agreement between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Brazil, represented by the Ministry of Planning, Development and Management (MP) and the Brazilian Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea).

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Weekly Social Protection Links: June 7

Often, decisions regarding the design and implementation of social protection programmes do not include comprehensive assessments of the compatibility of the programme design or implementation features with human rights norms and standards which are included in diverse legal frameworks. This is a major shortcoming. These legal frameworks are designed to ensure the protection of rights. While human rights obligations do not provide precise policy recommendations, they do limit the discretion of policy-makers.

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Women constitute the majority of the older adult population, but, with some exceptions, they are underrepresented among pension recipients. Although progress has been made in the region with regard to women’s inclusion in non-contributory pension programmes, these pension payments are lower and do not allow women to escape poverty. Mainstreaming the gender dimension into the design of pension system reforms is a challenge.

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In the last two decades, Brazil has reached a level of development thanks to many successful public policies aiming to eradicate hunger, promote , rural development and strengthen family farming, which have made the country a reference in the region, arousing great interest of the international community, particularly in Latin American, the Caribbean and African countries.

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The Brazilian government is preparing to launch a new low-income housing program by July with fewer subsidies, newspapers Folha de S. Paulo and Valor Economico reported on Wednesday. The plan comes as a current housing subsidy program, known as Minha Casa Minha Vida, is likely to run out of money this year. Folha said that Brazil’s regional development ministry confirmed the cuts in a statement, without providing details.

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The Ministry of Economy has confirmed Friday (3rd) that it is studying a decree to regulate the requirement for the registration of drivers of “Apps” at the National Institute of Social Security (INSS). Last year’s Law 13.640, which regulated the profession, will serve as a basis for the studies. The ministry intends to allow self-employed drivers to register as individual micro-entrepreneurs (MEI), paying a lower tax rate of 5 percent of the minimum wage.

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Weekly Social Protection Links: May 3

The idea of a universal child grant has considerable support. Since as far back as the 1942 Beveridge Report, a cash transfer to all children has been considered part of a global strategy for overcoming poverty and reducing inequality. They are widespread among wealthy nations, and 17 of the 28 countries in the European Union (60 per cent) have universal child grants (SSA-ISSA 2016).

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