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.



Social welfare during the crisis and government responses

Despite the fact that the global crisis finds the region on a better economic, social and fiscal footing than in previous crises, the scenario over the coming years will be difficult. Three of the engines responsible for propelling social indicators upward during the preceding years —high growth rates, increased social spending and yields from the demographic dividend— will stall or could shut down, making efforts to reduce poverty and indigence more difficult.


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