How is cash aid used?

Cash transfer programs are meant to reduce poverty but their effectiveness depends on each country. 

Yellow fever outbreak in Brazil prompts a state of emergency

The governor of the Minas Gerais State in southeastern Brazil declared a public health emergency on Friday over an outbreak of yellow fever that appears to have killed at least 10 people so far and led to reports of more than 100 suspected cases of the disease.

Urban graffiti takes Brazilian streets

The graffiti is gaining more presence in Brazil, especially in Sao Paulo, a gray city that lends itself to colorful murals, but Rio de Janeiro does not stay back, where a couple of weeks ago opened the world's largest one, whose author is preparing a project Mexico City.

A new 'superport' opens in Brazil

An industrial complex the size of Manhattan opened this week, the man who envisioned it, Eike Batista, was notably absent in the inauguration.

Is this the end of the BRICS era?

It was an acronym that spawned a host of summits, a development bank and a $100bn bailout fund. But Goldman Sachs, once the most energetic sponsor of the “Bric” investment theme, has quietly stepped away from it

Is Latin America the happiest region on Earth?

What is the best country to live in? Which nation can boast the happiest people or the most generally satisfied population? What countries provide the highest standards of human development or social and environmental progress?

Carnivore continent; but at what price?

Most people are well aware of the beef production exploits of Argentina and Brazil. Indeed many visitors to either country make it a priority to sink their teeth into a locally-produced steak.

Brazilian politics: The power behind the throne

In the three decades since the restoration of democracy in Brazil, the centrist Party of the Brazilian Democratic Movement (PMDB) has rarely been out of power. The two presidents with no PMDB ministers in their cabinets had cause to regret it.

The Duracell leaders

Latin American politicians need to know when to retire. “All political careers end in failure,” observed Enoch Powell, a British politician. But in Latin America, some seem never to end at all.

Mercosur agrees to give intra-trade a new boost eliminating barriers

Mercosur agreed at the Brasilia summit that in the second half of the year they will address alternatives for the elimination of tariff and other similar barriers that impede the natural flow of trade of goods and services among its members. The initiative was agreed by Common Market Council, CMC, on the first day of deliberations and confirmed on Friday by the presidents of the group's full members.

The Brazilians winning in Japan

Starting in 1908, hundreds of thousands of Japanese citizens left behind a then troubled economy to start a new life in South America's largest country. But when Brazil's economy hit troubled times in the 1980s, this process went into reverse and descendants of Japanese immigrants began to look to Japan