Social Panorama of Latin America 2009

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This 17th version of the report - one of ECLAC’s most important flagship publications - provides estimates for 2009 on poverty and indigence in the region and analyses social spending and government social protection policies. The Social Panorama 2009 includes the following, among other issues: An analysis of social protection policies, including conditional transfer programmes and their re-distributive impact; a review of government social agendas before and during the crisis: actions, challenges and options; a diagnosis of who are most vulnerable to poverty in the region and how to protect them and, suggestions for a new social protection system in Latin America.




In 2008, the economy of Latin America and the Caribbean continued to grow, albeit at a slower pace than in previous years. The per capita GDP for the region increased by an average of 3.0% compared to 4.6% in each of the previous two years. Most of the countries in the region reflected the region-wide slowdown in growth, but the effects of that slowdown were most visible in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Colombia and Costa Rica (see table of the statistical annex to this report).


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