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"Over the last decade, extreme poverty fell by half and, contrary to the international trend, the country has achieved a remarkable reduction of inequality. Many factors contributed to this progress. The Government's commitment to poverty reduction, reflected in innovative social policies, such as the conditional cash transfers through the Bolsa Família Program, undoubtedly played a key role."
Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank
"From a social standpoint, the Brazil Without Poverty program is the broadest inclusion policy and thus allows access to real democracy for tens of millions of Brazilians. From a strictly economic standpoint, it is a considerable broadening of the bases of the internal market for mass consumption, stimulating growth without neglecting social inclusion."
Maria da Conceição Tavares, economist, full professor at Unicamp
"There are good reasons to believe that Brazil will emerge victorious in this unprecedented challenge. Its task is facilitated by the fact that it has designed and is implementing a plan based on an explicit social contract, and has been able to mobilize human and financial resources needed to quickly move towards socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable development."
Ignacy Sachs, economist, director of the Center for Research on Contemporary Brazil (France)
"The historic feature of Brazil has always been inequality, with its obvious related problems - misery and poverty. The legitimacy of governments in these past 10 years is based, above all, on the effectiveness of social policies to combat these wounds. After Brazil had dramatically reduced inequality for the first time, the government launched the challenge of its Brazil Without Misery program. Its gains show that what seemed impossible - even for those who believed that in Brazil there were millions of "unemployable" people - will be materializing, and turn a page in our history."
Emir Sader, social scientist, director of the Public Policy Laboratory of the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ)
"The great achievement of the Bolsa Família Program is the direct confrontation with poverty. And it is technology that is constantly being improved, with a number of changes that have been made to it in recent years. It is the main symbol of the search for equality in our country. The second element that we strive for is the economic growth provided by the prosperity of the people who are the beneficiaries."
Marcelo Neri, president of the Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA)
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