Social Development

“Decent work and social protection in Belo Horizonte, Brazil” considers how Bolsa Família Program (BFP) beneficiaries find employment in the municipality of Belo Horizonte. This case study demonstrated that a lack of decent work opportunities remains one of the barriers to ending poverty in cities like Belo Horizonte, and that, if more support for BFP beneficiaries is provided, the city will be well on its way to becoming a more sustainable city in the decades to come.

“Public Spending and Quality of Education in Brazil” asks the question: does Brazilian educational spending on public primary schools result in better quality of education? Our findings show, the relationship between quality of education and educational spending is not optimal and makes a weak contribution to the formation of human capital.

“Bolsa Família and School Attendance: Does Accessibility Matter?” examines the relationship between children recipients of BFP, accessibility, and school attendance. Our findings indicated a need for decision-makers from social and transport federal agencies to work together to allocate school transport services investments.

“Bolsa Família and the needy: is allocation contributing to equity in Brazil?”

“A Spatial Analysis of Bolsa Família: Is Allocation Targeting the Needy?”

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