Costa Rica Closes Out 2016 with the Lowest Poverty Rate in Seven Years

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Dec 30, 2016, 1:46 pm
Costa Rica Closes Out 2016 with the Lowest Poverty in Seven Years
Despite economic troubles, lifting thousands out of poverty in Costa Rica has not been a problem. (Portal de Noticias)

Español Costa Rica closes out 2016 with the lowest poverty in seven years, according to data from the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses.

More than 10,000 households rose about the poverty line, and 10,000 left what is considered extreme poverty in Costa Rica.

Vice President of Costa Rica and Coordinator of the Presidential Social Council Ana Helena Chacón said the results are not a coincidence, and that there has been a lot of work and commitment to respecting human rights.

“We will continue to work harder, under the conviction that it is possible to move the needle toward equality and social inclusion,” Chacón said.


Costa Rican officials said the National Strategy for the Reduction of Poverty from the Bridge to Development, launched in March of 2015, included measures to expand and recondition the Centers for National Programs of Nutrition and Comprehensive Care (CEN-CINAI), as well as employment programs that prioritize the disadvantaged.

Adjustments were made to prevent the Development Program from benefiting families that did not really need it. On the other hand, scholarships and state transfers increased by an average of 14 percent per household.

Source: El País.

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.

Brazil to Eliminate Thousands of Public Sector Jobs to Curb Spending

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Dec 30, 2016, 10:47 am
Brazil's interim President Michel Temer looks on during a meeting with unionists at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, May 16, 2016. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

EspañolThe Brazilian government has declared massive job cuts in order to save millions of dollars. Dismissals involving 4,600 civil servants will reportedly be carried out during the first half of 2017. Some 2,962 jobs will reportedly be eliminated in January. In March, another 1,503 jobs will be gone, and then more in July. Read More: Mexico Looking to Attract Investments in Oil after Liberalization Read More: Mexico’s Gas Deregulation Will Lead to Price Hike in 2017 President Michel Temer announced the integration of some state agencies such as the Secretary of Management of the Ministry of Planning and Development. The decree is part of the plan proposed by the Brazilian government to reverse negative figures as the country closes out 2016. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   Part of this plan involves establishing a ceiling of public spending for the next two decades, which was approved by a constitutional amendment. Analysts expect measures to freeze domestic consumption and cause a short and medium-term increase in unemployment, which will close out the year at record levels for the country. Unemployment in Brazil reached 12.1 million between September and November, the equivalent of 11.9 percent of the economically active population, according to statistics released today by the Institute of Geography and Statistics. Source: ABC

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