How to meet new demands from people just out of extreme poverty

Developing countries that have reduced extreme poverty near to zero, like Brazil, now face the challenge of meeting new demands from the people who have benefited from cash transfer policies. Well-designed and efficient public policies on education, health, sanitation, housing and security are still needed to ensure that these people enjoy full citizenship.

Issues related to the future of social policies after they have succeeded in nearly eradicating extreme poverty will be discussed at the International Seminar – A World without Poverty, which will take place in Brasília on 18-19 November 2014 (click here to see the programme and further information on the seminar).

This is the first international seminar organized by the Brazilian Learning Initiative for a World without Poverty (WWP). It will be held in partnership with the World Centre for Sustainable Development (RIO+ Centre) and the Brazilian Government’s Secretariat of Strategic Affairs (SAE). The audience of the event will be composed of high-level public officials and managers, academics, and civil society representatives from areas related to the reduction of poverty and inequalities.

With the event, WWP’s partners aim to stimulate debate on the agenda for overcoming poverty and inequality, and the challenges faced in achieving a world without poverty in the context of the approaching targets for achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and more recent discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

This seminar will present the opportunity to discuss complex questions related to political context, public decisions and societal values: What is the agenda for a country aiming to overcome extreme poverty? When has a country overcome extreme poverty? What should the main public policies to eliminate extreme poverty be?

To address these and further questions, the meeting will stimulate debate among international experts on poverty from the World Bank, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Brazilian Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA), renowned academic institutions, such as the  universities of Cape Town, Tulane and George Washington, and a representative from the Brazilian Institute for Social and Economic Analysis (Ibase).

The Minister of Social Development and Fight Against Hunger of Brazil, Tereza Campello, will present on 18 October the experience in terms of formulation, implementation and monitoring of the Brazil without Extreme Poverty Plan and its main results, followed by critical evaluation from the commentators.

WWP was launched last year by a partnership between the World Bank, the Ministry of Social Development and Fight against Hunger of Brazil (MDS), the Brazilian Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA) and UNDP’s International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG). Its goal is to disseminate good practices on social programmes and technologies, and designing and implementing social protection and poverty reduction policies.

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