International Development Law Organization



A decade of sustained economic growth has substantially reduced overall poverty in Paraguay. But inequality is on the rise. This is mainly due to a regressive tax system that affects low-income households disproportionately, and to inadequate social spending.

The mechanization of agriculture – a major contributor to the country's economic boom – has led to a loss of livelihoods and driven large numbers of people to urban areas, where they live in precarious conditions.

In 2014, IDLO began working with the Paraguayan Ministry of Justice to strengthen free legal advice services in one of the sprawling shanty towns in the capital, Asunción.


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