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Brazilian cities: core versus periphery

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Can urban planning reduce poverty in Brazil?

If you wish to know where Brazil’s economic powerhouse is at, just head to one of its 10 largest metropolitan regions – it can be either Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Salvador, Recife, Fortaleza or Belém. Make sure to also visit them if you want to delve deep into the causes, characteristics, and consequences of Brazilian inequality. They contribute with more than 70% of Brazil’s GDP, and have seen a reduction of poverty as well as an overall improvement of socio-economic welfare over the past decade. Still they also concentrate 15% of the country’s poor population. In addition, at the core and the periphery of Brazil’s metropolitan regions, the rich and poor experience large differences in terms of access to sanitation, education and other public services. These are key issues for two World Bank reports on Brazilian metropolitan regions, which were recently launched in Brasilia. Watch the video and access the following reports to learn more.