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Stephanie Nolen, "What would Robin Hood do: How cash handouts are remaking lives in Brazil"

The mean streets of Complexo da Mare, a favela in north Rio, where the Bolsa Familia provides social aid to poor families. (Lianne Milton for The Globe and Mail)

The mean streets of Complexo da Mare, a favela in north Rio, where the Bolsa Familia provides social aid to poor families. (Lianne Milton for The Globe and Mail)

[Craig Axford]

This story takes a look at the remarkable changes that have taken place within Brazil since the implementation of the Bolsa Familia grant program ten years ago.  According to the article, “Between 2003 and 2009, incomes of the poorest Brazilians grew seven times those of rich citizens.” In addition, school attendance is up and infant mortality has declined significantly.

Stephanie Nolen, “What would Robin Hood do: How cash handouts are remaking lives in Brazil”, Globe and Mail, December 28, 2013

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