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Rousseff says end of poverty is close; 48 million Brazilians registered in social support programs

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff raised the monthly stipend of 2.5 million people living below the poverty line to make good on her promise to eradicate extreme poverty in Brazil. Even when announcing she has almost met her anti-poverty target halfway through her four-year term, Brazil’s last census points to 700,000 families who still live in extreme poverty but are not registered on government social programs.

The Brazilian president announcement represents over 12bn dollars annually

Brazil uses the UN definition for extreme poverty, 35 dollars a month

Rousseff raised monthly stipends for the remaining 2.5 million people known to be living below the poverty line, raising their income to 70 Real (35 US dollars) a month through the so-called Bolsa Familia, or Family Grant program.

“We are turning the page on our long history of social exclusion that had perverse roots in slavery,” she said after signing the decree authorizing the 800 million Real to fund the program expansion.

There are still extremely poor Brazilians, she acknowledged, but the government does not know who or where they are because they have not signed onto Brazil’s national register of social programmes.

“The state will have to go and find them to include them before they come knocking on our door” Rousseff said. “But the most difficult part has been done. Soon there will be no Brazilians steeped in extreme poverty.”

While Brazil uses the same definition of extreme poverty as the United Nations — anyone who earns less than 35 dollars a month — critics say that is hardly enough to raise people above the poverty line in a developing country where the cost of living is as high as in wealthy nations.

More than 48 million Brazilians, or one quarter of the population, are registered for the social programs that will cost the federal government 24 billion Real (approx 12bn dollars) this year, including 800 million Real to fund the latest expansion.

President Rousseff’s new slogan for improving social conditions in Brazil is: “The end of poverty is just the beginning.”

Rousseff said her government will now focus on improving access to public services for poorer Brazilians, extending school hours for their children, and ensuring they have electricity, water, sewers and basic housing.
 

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1 Ayayay (#) Feb 21st, 2013 - 05:24 am Report abuse
I like tjis woman. She's really into micro-entrepreneur programs, too.
2 Frank (#) Feb 21st, 2013 - 07:20 am Report abuse
'Brazil uses the UN definition for extreme poverty, 35 dollars a month' which the mad bitch of Argentina says is a living wage....
3 Captain Poppy (#) Feb 22nd, 2013 - 04:25 pm Report abuse
You cannot eradicate poverty, let alone paying poor people. Provide them the opportunity to move out of the ranks of poverty. I am not religious but Jesus was correct when he said.....give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for life.
So sectors in all societies are so intrenched that is is impossible for them to help themselves out of poverty.
4 An Argie (#) Feb 24th, 2013 - 08:48 pm Report abuse
teaching people sex education and birth control is a must!
.. and Brazil won't have such amount of poverty!
is sad that in 2013“ people” have not learn to control population.
same problem in the USA
teenage pregnancy
single mothers
children in foster homes
homeless
crime
starvation
27 millons citizens living below poverty level
drive by the indian reservations and you will see poverty
several supermarkets are collecting soup cans as most of the “food banks”
supported by church groups are empty.
Obama nothing he can do about the USA poverty except keep wasting taxpayers money traveling in Air Force One to play golf at the expense of $127,ooo p/hour What a waste!
5 Captain Poppy (#) Feb 24th, 2013 - 09:04 pm Report abuse
obviously your mom never used a condom such a tragedy as you speak
6 MrFlapole (#) Feb 25th, 2013 - 09:10 pm Report abuse
@5 Captain Poppy
obviously you don't have a solution.
the remedy is to provide free sex education for african population such as in Brazil and several african nations.
As you are aware there are various methods to avoid unwanted pregnancy such as a 6 month birth control injection.
Condoms are use by british gay men ONLY... specially the “military”
ask briton
7 britons (#) Feb 25th, 2013 - 10:13 pm Report abuse
@6
is correct!
8 Captain Poppy (#) Feb 26th, 2013 - 01:39 am Report abuse
Then try it in south america first before it's too late. flagpole you started of sounding half intelligent, then finished with a swan dive from a building into the parking lot.
9 british driver (#) Feb 26th, 2013 - 02:47 am Report abuse
@ 8
you don't make sense, old british arse
10 Captain Poppy (#) Feb 26th, 2013 - 11:04 am Report abuse
You RGs fear the Brits soooo much, you think everyone is a Brit.....lol You poor traumatized trolls
11 Captain Poppy (#) Feb 26th, 2013 - 09:35 pm Report abuse
Folger...coffee right?....please do me a favor and prove I am not an American? You are really stupider than driftwood.
You really are paranoid of the Brits to think everyone here is a Brit. If you can't pick up the gist of where one hails from based on previous posts, you really are an idiot. You must have spent many days fighting the Brits in 82 with your arms upright.....must have traumatized you.
12 Donald Smith (#) Feb 28th, 2013 - 08:17 pm Report abuse
11
give me your address in the usa and i send you my ass
13 Captain Poppy (#) Feb 28th, 2013 - 09:38 pm Report abuse
Sussie why would you want me address? Are you still after that?

109 Commonwealth AVe
Boston, Mass
02116
14 Marcus W. (#) Mar 01st, 2013 - 02:36 am Report abuse
no apt number for a building built in 1901
no ID revealed yet
WIMP
15 Captain Poppy (#) Mar 01st, 2013 - 11:11 am Report abuse
Why would you need an apt number? lol

what a loon.....figure it out. I gave you a location close enough to spit on and yet you cannot find me?
16 Cond0rito (#) Mar 01st, 2013 - 08:24 pm Report abuse
several federal agencies have inform merco=british crap=press is not harmful although there are various men bloggers than have prove they can't not longer ejaculate.
17 Captain Poppy (#) Mar 01st, 2013 - 09:21 pm Report abuse
Suusie again? WHo long until your are “removed by the editor”? lol

Meeting me in Boston? Take the Green or Orange line and meet me at North Station .......lol Met me at Lucia's for a coffee.......lol
18 y0nkeeboy (#) Mar 02nd, 2013 - 03:21 am Report abuse
#17
how you dare....i am a married man
lol
19 Captain Poppy (#) Mar 02nd, 2013 - 03:11 pm Report abuse
Atlantic ave and I will take you fora long walk off a short pier. Come on sussie...better yet go back to argentina....you love it so much you ran away
20 g_long88 (#) Mar 02nd, 2013 - 10:26 pm Report abuse
a wimp british arse
telling an argie to do whaaaaaat?
hey
nobody tells me what to do
nobody from the UK team can defit me
next

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