Is Brazil’s success a bright light for Africa?

05 Sep 2013

A £ 2.2m Research Programme led by University of Manchester researchers is to investigate if Brazil’s recipe for success can be replicated in sub-Saharan Africa.

A £ 2.2m Research Programme is announced
A £ 2.2m Research Programme is announced

Running from 2013 to 2016, it is directed by Dr Ed Amann from the School of Social sciences and Professor Armando Barrientos, from The Brooks World Poverty Institute, both based at the University.

It is funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development.

Professor Barrientos said: “Brazil has emerged as a globally significant economic power in the last decade.

“There is considerable interest among researchers, policymakers and investors in the policies enabling Brazil to combine growth with falling poverty and inequality – nowhere more so than among the emerging economies in Africa.

“Yet, outside Brazil, far too little is understood about an economy which is increasingly shaping the world around it.

“So this innovative research programme examines the lessons for Africa emerging from Brazil development.”

The first phase of the study will investigate the nature and sources of Brazil’s growth performance, supporting cutting-edge research from leading experts on the Brazilian economy.

Phase two will examine what evidence and lessons from Brazil’s recent success are relevant for emerging economies in sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr Amann said: “Brazil’s economic and social development is still a work in progress, so our aim is to establish the contours of a new Brazilian model of development.

“We shall engage with some of Africa’s leading researchers and policy makers in Africa as part of the progeramme.”

Notes for editors

Dr Ed Amann and Professor Armando Barrientos are available for comment

The international research team brings together:
Columbia University
Fundação Getúlio Vargas
Harvard University
Universidade de São Paulo
Universidade Estadual de Maringá
Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
University of Brasilia
University of Cape Town
University of Illinois
University of Gottingen
University of Manchester
University of Toronto
The World Bank

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