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Planet ArtSci Episode 12: The Changing Face of Global Poverty

Joe Wong, a political scientist at the Munk School of Global Affairs, discusses how the current state of global poverty is shifting: while there are fewer poor people in the world today than there were 25 years ago, there are more poor people from countries that we don’t ordinarily consider to be poor. In fact, the majority of the world’s poorest of the poor are living in middle income countries. But it’s not all bad news. There’s an exciting program that is bringing financial aid to the poorest people in the poorest regions of Brazil, for example. Joe and a group of his undergraduate students recently travelled to Brazil to conduct research to determine how this program, called Bolsa Familia, works. And what the rest of the world can learn from it.

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