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Assessment of the Implications of the Bolsa Família Programme for the Decent Work Agenda


  • Ana Flávia Machado

    () (Center for Development and Regional Planning (Cedeplar), UFMG)

  • Gustavo Geaquinto Fontes

    () (IBGE and Cedeplar/UFMG)

  • Mariangela Furlan Antigo

    () (Cedeplar/UFMG)

  • Roberto Henrique Gonzalez

    () (Institute for Applied Economic Research)

  • Fabio Veras Soares

    () (International Poverty Centre)


The objective of this study is to assess the implications of Brazil?s conditional cash transfer programme, the "Bolsa Familia" Programme (hereinafter the ?PBF?), for the Decent Work Agenda. The Decent Work Agenda first emerged in a report by the Director-General of the ILO in June 1999. Decent work is defined by the ILO ( as "productive work under conditions of freedom, equity, security and dignity, in which rights are protected and adequate remuneration and social coverage are provided.? Work that can be classified as decent therefore ensures respect for labour rights and guarantees living standards in conditions of dignity; it accordingly excludes any kind of work under constraint, for excessive hours or for under-remuneration.

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  • Ana Flávia Machado & Gustavo Geaquinto Fontes & Mariangela Furlan Antigo & Roberto Henrique Gonzalez & Fabio Veras Soares, 2011. "Assessment of the Implications of the Bolsa Família Programme for the Decent Work Agenda," Working Papers 85, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth.
  • Handle: RePEc:ipc:wpaper:85

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    1. Eric ROUGIER & François COMBARNOUS & Yves-André FAURE, 2017. "The ‘local economy’ effect of social transfers: A municipality-level analysis of the local growth impact of the Bolsa Familia Programme in the Brazilian Nordeste," Cahiers du GREThA 2017-09, Groupe de Recherche en Economie Théorique et Appliquée.
    2. repec:eee:wdevel:v:103:y:2018:i:c:p:199-215 is not listed on IDEAS
    3. repec:ilo:ilowps:484291 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Fultz, Elaine. & Francis, John., 2013. "Cash transfer programmes, poverty reduction and empowerment of women : a comparative analysis: experiences from Brazil, Chile, India, Mexico and South Africa," ILO Working Papers 994842913402676, International Labour Organization.
    5. Rougier, Eric & Combarnous, François & Fauré, Yves-André, 2018. "The “Local Economy” Effect of Social Transfers: An Empirical Assessment of the Impact of the Bolsa Família Program on Local Productive Structure and Economic Growth," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 103(C), pages 199-215.


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