Human development: what’s holding Brazil back?

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The Paraisópolis Favela to the left, next to luxury buildings. Photo: Shutterstock

The 2019 edition of the United Nations’ Human Development Report is out—and it paints a grim picture of Brazil. Between 2017 and 2018, the country advanced little when it comes to healthcare coverage, education, and income—despite a positive trend that had started in the 1990s. The results come less than a week after the OECD’s Pisa test (Program for International Student Assessment) showed stagnation over the past decade.

As it was with the Pisa scores, socioeconomic disparities may be the root of the problem.

The UN’s Human Development Index is a measurement of countries’ achievement of key socioeconomic indicators—running...

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