Brazil is one of the Latin American countries where most of the policies promoting social economy has been implemented as a strategy to empower vulnerable populations. In Brazil there is also a vast theoretical and academic reflection on the subject. To show this issue, we suggest the article “Social economy and the challenges of overcoming extreme poverty in Brasil Sem Miseria plan”, written by Paul Singer, Roberto Marinho da Silva and A. Valmor Sciochet (published in the book O Brasil sem miséria in 2014 by the Brazilian Ministry of Social Development -MDS).
The article analyzes the progress, the challenges and the opportunities of the National Social Economy Policy that, since 2011, has been developed within Brazil Sem Miseria Plan, as a strategy for productive inclusion of its beneficiaries. This has allowed a substantial increase in investment and in the scale of the actions aimed at increasing the capacity for self-organization and self-management of vulnerable populations.
Some of the major highlights of the authors are the geographical extension of the action, that has reaches the entire country, and the improvement of the capacity of public policy, not only to strengthen existing projects, but also to encourage the creation of new enterprises and the subsequent inclusion of more beneficiaries.