Location and the participation of the rural poor in cash transfers in Brazil
- When: 1st May
- Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm
- Location: Room 228, Level 2, John Goodsell Building,The University of New South Wales, 2052 NSW
The Bolsa Família Programme (or Family Grant) is the largest conditional cash transfer programme in the world, reaching more than 13 million households in all 5565 municipalities of Brazil. It transfers cash to female heads of households on the condition that children attend school and go to health clinics for regular check-ups. The World Bank hails this programme as being “among the most effective social protection programs in the world, having helped raise approximately 20 million people out of poverty between 2003 and 2009 as well as significantly reducing income inequality”. In this talk, I will analyse the evolution of the programme from 2004 to 2010, breaking it down by geographical location. I will focus on the question “does the distance of a poor rural municipality to an urban municipality influence the participation rate in the Bolsa Família programme?”
Kênia Parsons is a Doctoral Researcher at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Department of Social Policy, United Kingdom. She is affiliated to the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (STICERD-CASE/LSE) and is a visitor at the Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales.