Australia - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, DFAT
Oxford Policy Management, OPM

Brazil’s Cadastro Unico: an enduring bridge to consolidated targeting efforts

Cadastro Único was set up in 2001 through a ministerial decree and has since evolved through continual improvement. It received a major upgrade from 2005 onwards, increasing its coverage among low income Brazilian families. The Single Registry, which is based on the initial data collection effort of the Bolsa Familia programme, now contains more than 26 million households (85 million people and 40% of Brazilian households) and is used by more than 20 programmes. 77% of all registry data is updated every 2 years .