Thursday, 14th June 2012
The Real Brazil: the Inequality Behind the Statistics
Source: Christian Aid (UK)
From Press Release:
Despite an economic boom that has catapulted Brazil into the ranks of the wealthiest countries, inequality levels there remain among the worst in the world.
Although it is said to have produced 19 millionaires a day since 2007, some 16 million people – equivalent to the population of the Netherlands – continue to live in abject poverty. More than twice that number, 40 million people or around 20 per cent of the population, fall below the World Bank’s national poverty line....
The report’s key findings include:
• Ninety per cent of the jobs established in the formal sector have been at the lower end of the income scale. And although industrial productivity has grown steadily, workers’ average earnings had not kept pace, meaning that industrial capital is pocketing most of the gains.
• Because of inequality of opportunities and access, black Brazilians have less schooling, occupy worse jobs, have fewer possibilities of social mobility and live in regions with worse infrastructure.
• Great inequality exists between the quality of basic state and private education, with significant disadvantages for the former. In 2009 more than three out of four of the poorest 20 per cent of children failed to complete even primary education. Barely one in 200 students from the same group completed higher education.
• In recent years, thanks to the growth of agribusiness, there has in fact been an increase in the concentration of property in the hands of landowners.
+ Direct link to Report (PDF; 6.3 MB)
+ Executive Summary (PDF;1.6 MB)
+ Press Release
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