Continuing on the economic inequality riff.
More clear elsewhere than the US, the only way you really increase the collective prosperity of a country is from the bottom up. Most important highlights here are that Brazil’s programs focus on children and on education. Those are the things that are going to make the biggest economic difference when it comes to direct cash transfers.
And though I really shouldn’t need to say this, it’s another point of evidence that cash transfer programs provide economic benefits that outweigh their direct costs.