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Minha Casa Minha Vida’s Two Fatal Flaws

Opinion, by Anna Kaiser

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Minha Casa Minha Vida, Brazil’s flagship public housing program, attempts to provide housing to mid-low income Brazilians. While the goal of the program is admirable, in practice this endeavor seems to be doomed by a system of corruption, inefficiency and bureaucracy.

With a R$72 billion (US$36 billion) being pumped into it and the promise of 2 million housing units by 2014, ex-president Lula da Silva, current president

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