SSE “Social and Solidarity Economy, youth employment and the fight against poverty: the case of Public Works and Employment Programmes in Brazil”

4th CIRIEC International Research Conference on Social Economy University of Antwerp, 24-26 October 2013

Leandro Pereira Morais, Miguel Juan Bacic, October 2013

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Summary :

In Brazil, a programme was recently launched (2011) which is consistent with the rationale underlying PWEPs: “Brasil sem Miséria” [Brazil without Misery]. This programme seeks to eradicate poverty by means of integration into working life and is geared towards Brazilians in households with an income of up to R$70 per person (around US$35). According to the 2010 Census by the Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE, 2013), this involves 16.2 million people.

In terms of integration into working life, these initiatives will incorporate incentives for generating jobs and income via social entrepreneurship and the SSE and the provision of careers guidance, vocational training and labor force intermediation to meet public and private needs.

These programmes must therefore be subject to further scrutiny and impact assessments and their continuity must be discussed at greater length in the light of political cycles and changes in power, a challenge this paper seeks to address. This paper therefore intends to examine the relationship between SSE and PWEPs, specifically with regard to the potential of generation employment and income for young people in vulnerable socioeconomic groups.

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