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Mateus Donato Amorim De Araujo

UChicago Obama Scholars 2018-2019


Coordinator, Ministry of Social Development





Mateus is a coordinator for the Ministry of Social Development of Brazil He is responsible for managing the benefits distribution process for Bolsa Familia Program, a conditional cash transfer program that provides cash benefits to poor families, including indigenous communities, in the 5,570 municipalities of Brazil. As many of the beneficiaries are based in extremely remote areas, Mateus reworked the distribution process to decrease risk associated with travel for these benefits.