The Intersectoral Aspect of Brazilian Social Assistance

As discussed in previous publications in this series of Policy Briefs, one of the key characteristics of the social protection landscape in Brazil is the presence of a unified social assistance system, responsible for enabling social transfers and providing social assistance services. This provision of services and local support for social programs is mainly carried out by the Unified Social Assistance System (SUAS). One of the unique aspects of this system is its intergovernmental operational approach. In this Policy Brief we delve into the specific elements that facilitate and promote intersectoral collaboration within SUAS. Chapter 2 starts by introducing an instrumental definition of intersectorality and goes on to assert that SUAS is intersectoral in its very design, as it fosters the convergence and coordination of various policies that affect the welfare of the population.