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How does the Lula Institute help in the fight against poverty and hunger?

Jul 28, 2015 2:29 PM

Former President Lula, during a visit to Angola. Photo: Ricardo Stuckert/Lula Institute

One of the main missions of the Lula Institute is to contribute to the fight against hunger in Africa and around the world.During his eight years in office, former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva invested in policies that helped take Brazil off the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Hunger Map, and meet the first Millennium Development Goal (To reduce hunger and poverty by 50% by 2015) and the World Food Summit goal (To reduce by 50% the number of undernourished.).This means that Brazil lifted more than 19 million people out of malnutrition.Since he left the government, Lula has determined that Africa and Latin America, two continents in the development process to which Lula had devoted special attention when president should be the principal focus of projects developed by the Lula Institute. 

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How can Lula continue to fight for this cause if he is no longer president?

Principally through the exchange of knowledge and experience that he and his team accumulated with developing countries facing challenges similar Brazils.Lula is gives speeches, meets with authorities and leaders of social movements and participates in symposiums, debates, forums and conferences.  He invariably talks about the programs to combat hunger and provide social inclusion, family farming and school meals distribution projects, that helped Brazil achieve the social advances of the last 12 years.

See Lula's conversation with young people from 20 African countries in 2014.

Does the Institute give money to these countries?

No. Lula Institute does not provide any monetary investments to governments anywhere in the world.Nor does it fund, or seek funding for projects of any kind.  Its work is always in the sense of sharing the experiences of government officials and the public policies of the Lula government to combat poverty and hunger, to encourage the struggle for peace and respect for human rights, strengthen democracy and cooperate in cultural exchange and trade between the Brazil and the African and Latin American continents.

And is this something that works?

After four years of work, we are certain that it does.Former President Lula remains a major world reference and is constantly invited to receive honors and visit nations around the world.  The Lula Institute receives invitations to various national and international events and is always touted as reference in the fight against social exclusion.  In 2013, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban-Ki Moon, said the (bolsa familia) family allowance model has been replicated successfully in Africa.   Even in the city of New York the program served as a model.Today in many countries, particularly in Africa and Latin America, social programs and public policies inspired by Brazilian programs are in place and running in countries, like Ethiopia, Senegal and Angola.

In what kinds of events does the IL participate?

The Institute is especially active in Africa.  For example the Lula Instituute helped to promote a seminar held in 2013 in conjunction with the African Union ,Nepad (Africa's development agency) and the FAO, inAddis Ababa that was attended by seven heads of state and  400 government officials, representatives of multilateral organizations and scholars who defined a program of action aimed at eradicating hunger in Africa by 2025.  This proposal was later endorsed, in January 2015, by the African Union. In 2012, the Institute organized the "Forum for Social Progress”, in Paris, together with the Jean Jaures Foundation, attended by intellectuals and representatives of government from around the world including French President Francois Hollande and President Dilma Rousseff .  In 2015, the Institute participated in two important forums for exchanging experiences on inclusion social, in Ivory Coast and Senegal. The Latin American Initiative has organized two major forums in 2015and the African Initiative has held six open debates of the series "Conversations on Africa."

Does the government provide funds to the Lula Institute for such purposes?

No. Lula Institute does not receive any public funding.It is funded by contributions from individuals and companies and organizes events and activities in partnership with multilateral organizations, NGOs and agents for social change.For example, the last "Talk of Africa" was organized in partnership with the Olodum group, the National Coordination of Black Organizations, CONEN, and the São Paulo Professional Union of Journalists .

Why have I not heard about the things that Lula Institute does?

To learn about the activities of the Lula Institute, visit our website where we post news, videos, audios and photos of events held by the Institute every day as well as the activities that include the participation of the former president.You can also find information about President Lula’s activities on his Facebook page, on Twitter and on the Institute’s website, all public and open access.In addition, we provide daily information about the activities of the former president to the press, various blogs, civil organizations and other organizations. The Lula Institute has a team to respond to the requests from the national and foreign press.