Decentralization and Policies for the Protection of Children and Adolescents in Brazil

Innocenti Occasional Papers, Decentralization and Local Governance Series 14

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  • Format
  • Author(s)
    • Magalhães Vianna, Solon;
    • Marques, Iara;
  • Publisher
    • UNICEF ICDC, Florence
  • Date of Publication
    • 1994
  • Pages
    • 28
  • IRC Stock Number
    • 167U
  • Publication Cost
    • free
  • Language
    • English


Brazil has made concrete its commitment to the principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in the creation of a number of State Programmes of Action. This ‘decentralised’ strategy marks an unprecedented step in a country with a strong tradition of ‘top-down’ federal thinking and limited experience of participatory planning. This paper examines the impact this novel approach has had upon the situation of children and adolescents. Recent achievements include the eradication of polio, a significant reduction in the incidence of measles and neonatal tetanus and an improvement in the management of public schools.


Thematic area

National Development Programmes   / 


adolescents   /  child protection   /  decentralization   /  implementation of the crc   /  national policies   /  National Programme of Action   /  participatory development   /