"There is no negative reference to Brazil. It is cited as an example with actions to combat poverty, political recovery of the minimum wage and to increase the employment rate. The qualitative report shows the progress of Brazil in the income indicator. This is what contributes most to show the inequality and is where we were able to improve the most in this sense."
Tereza Campello, Minister of Social Development and Fight Against Hunger, on the report of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
"Thanks to the decline in poverty of almost 40% of the population in 2001 to approximately 25% in 2009, 31 million people joined the middle class in Brazil. Today, 52% of Brazil's population is Middle Class.
However, the Middle Class is not just an engine of consumption, its social role is equally important. It sustains democracy and progressive, but moderate, political platforms. A strong Middle Class can influence economic development through more active participation in the political process, expressing support for social programs and electoral platforms, particularly those that promote inclusive growth."
director of the OECD’s Center for Development (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development)
"The HDI has improved 24% in Brazil in recent years, far more than Chile, Argentina and all the BRICs. The new global reality shows that Brazil is one of the main protagonists of these global changes and represents countries that, in a very short historical time, can change the conditions of developing radical way. "
"We're talking about tens of millions of people who can now dream realistically about horizons of life typical of the traditional middle class: quality professional and university education, access to an efficient health service, access to diverse information, etc."