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COEP: Brazilian organizations

Community Story by Ann Simpson

In this international community story, Ann Simpson discusses COEP – the Comitê de Entidades no Combate à Fome e Pela Vida (“Committee of entities Against Hunger and For Life”) – a Brazilian network that mobilizes organizations to combat hunger and poverty. COEP comprises institutions and companies that contribute human, technical and financial resources to support the social and economic development of low-income communities. It has grown from its initial 30 members to more than 800 organizations throughout the country.

As Simpson explains, poverty in Brazil is not due to a lack of resources. With its abundant agricultural, forest and natural resources and its substantial and sophisticated manufacturing and services sectors, Brazil is the ninth largest economy in the world. However, Brazil is also a world leader in inequality. According to World Bank data, the poorest 10 percent of Brazil’s 170 million people receive a mere one percent of the country’s total income. COEP is an attempt to bridge what Simpson terms ‘social apartheid.’

The author describes the framework of COEP at the national, state and municipal level, as well as the contributions made by individuals. Further, she outlines the activities of participating organizations in the areas of mobilization and social projects. Simpson describes the Social Workshop and lessons from the COEP experience; she suggests other countries can apply or adapts lessons learned from COEP in their own efforts to reduce poverty.

This community story describes the origins and development of COEP, highlights examples of initiatives undertaken by its members, and discusses some of the lessons that can be learned from this unique Brazilian organization.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Ann Simpson;
Publisher: Caledon Institute of Social Policy [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2004; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: International;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Children & Family / Poverty
Policy Articles / Welfare & Social Issues / Dependence & Reform
Policy Articles / Children & Family / Poverty / 2004
Policy Articles / Welfare & Social Issues / Dependence & Reform / 2004
Policy Articles / Children & Family
Policy Articles / Citizen Engagement
Policy Articles / Welfare & Social Issues
Policy Articles / Welfare & Social Issues / Poverty
Policy Articles / Welfare & Social Issues / Poverty / 2004
Policy Articles / Welfare & Social Issues / Inequality
Policy Articles / Welfare & Social Issues / Inequality / 2004
Policy Articles / Citizen Engagement / Consultation
Policy Articles / Citizen Engagement / Consultation / 2004


Keywords / Tags:

COEP; Comite de Entidades no Combate a Forme e Pela Vida; Brazil; hunger; poverty reduction; poverty; social and economic development; inequality; World Bank; social apartheid; Social Workshop;