How Brazil has reduced inequality

The sustained decline in Brazilian inequality levels has been of the most striking aspects of its development performance over the last 10 years. In addition to raising an estimated 40 million people out of poverty, the Brazil’s GINI coefficient fell by 12%, from 0.59 in 1995 to 0.52

Behind the scenes of Brazil’s South-South cooperation

After President Lula made South-South cooperation a priority, Brazil began to enhance its relationships with African countries using a variety of channels. Brazil opened 35 new embassies across Africa during his tenure, with ambassadors taking a proactive role in developing ties. Comb

Can growth in Africa be sustained?

Over the last few years, African economies have been some of the fastest-growing in the world. But significant doubts remain: why aren’t the proceeds of growth doing more to help those at the bottom of the pile? And in any case, is the boom sustainable? An important report from the Ac

Brazil commits to a world without poverty

Professor Armando Barrientos, IRIBA co-research director Last month, the Ministry of Social Development (MDS) in Brazil launched Mundo sem Miséria (World Without Poverty), a new platform to share lessons among low and middle income countries. Mundo sem Miséria forms part of the curren