Policy Brief: Cash Transfer Programmes in Brazil – The New Bolsa Família and Its Predecessors – UNICEF Social Protection Series

May 24, 2024 | Publications

As part of the Brazil-UNICEF Trilateral South-South Cooperation partnership, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC) have been collaborating on an evidence generation agenda, examining Brazilian good practices, public policies, legal frameworks, and programmes at both national and subnational levels.

To that end, they have produced a series of five policy briefs focused on Brazil’s Social Protection system to provide insights for government counterparts and stakeholders interested in Brazil’s systemic and intersectoral approach to social protection and the addressing of multidimensional poverty, particularly among families and children.

The second policy brief in the series provides an overview of the New Bolsa Família and the Brazilian cash transfer programmes that preceded it. This year, as Bolsa Família celebrates its 20th anniversary, is a highly opportune moment to contribute, enhance, and update information about this well-known programme, both nationally and internationally. This policy brief contributes to the understanding of the New Bolsa Família by highlighting its evolution, financial impact, eligibility criteria, and innovations.

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