We recently published a briefing giving a 10-point summary of our main findings from the first phase of the IRIBA project. This has been well-received, particularly by some of our academic colleagues. However, we wondered if the list could be boiled down further, especially for the busy policymakers out there.
Tomorrow, Armando Barrientos is presenting a summary of the IRIBA findings at the UK-Brazil social development dialogue, alongside the Brazilian minister for social development, Tereza Campello.
We’ve used this opportunity to get the 10 points down to 5 – see what you think:
1. Brazil’s impressive development progress is grounded on a strong social and political consensus on the need to tackle poverty and inequality, through a stable economy and inclusive growth.
3. More effective institutions helped raise the productivity of agriculture, enabling Brazil to become a major exporter. Long-term government investment in agricultural research provided a crucial boost.
4. Inclusive growth has been achieved through a combination of labour market (minimum wage) and social policies (social pensions and human development income guarantees) ensuring the benefits of economic growth reach the poorest Brazilians.
5. Despite significant progress, Brazil still faces big challenges. Investment in infrastructure has proved insufficient and the effects from the global economic slowdown is resulting in considerable stress on the social contract.
Does this ring true to you? Are there any major elements that we haven’t mentioned? Could it be even snappier? Please let us know in the comments below.