Ep. 4 | Bolsa Familia | Flagship Special Episode

Once in a while, a social protection programme becomes famous. Whether because they are efficient, ground-breaking, innovative - or quite the opposite - , these programmes somehow become part of the popular imagery, serving as an international reference of what to do (or not to do).

These top-of-mind programmes have been researched and evaluated thoroughly for many years, but while you may know their main features and facts, you'll probably less familiar with the disagreement, compromise and evolution that has made them what they are today.

In this episode, we'll speak with three designers and implementers of Brazil's Bolsa Familia program. One of the world's best known conditional cash transfers.

Our guests this week are:

  • Luis Henrique Paiva, Research Coordinator at Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea)
  • Ricardo Paes de Barros, Coordinator of the Center of Research for the Development of Educational Public Policy at INSPER.
  • Tereza Cotta, Specialist in Public Policy and Government Management in the Ministry of Economy of the Federal Government of Brazil.

Links from episode:

Bolsa Família 2003-2010: Avanços e desafios

Great Policy Successes: Brazil’s Bolsa Família Programme

The effects of conditional cash transfer programmes on adult labour supply: An empirical analysis using a time-series-cross-section sample of Brazilian municipalities

Targeting in the Bolsa Família programme from 2012 to 2018 based on data from the Continuous National Household Sample Survey (One Pager)

The effects of conditionality monitoring on educational outcomes: evidence from Brazil’s Bolsa Família programme

The effects of Brazil’s Bolsa Família programme on poverty and inequality: an assessment of the first 15 years

Cadernos de Estudos N.30: Desenvolvimento social em debate

Bolsa Família 15 Anos (2003-2018)

Plus our monthly round up of ‘Quick Wins’, highlighting news, achievements and research that have sparked our interest.

Quick Wins from Fabio Veras from International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG):