Tailored to the Challenges Faced by Brazilian Government Officials

Accelerate Brazil’s economic progress in the 21st century.

The Minerva Program is a 16-week economics-training program especially designed for Brazilian government officials. The program’s objective is to give the participants an accurate, though concise, summary of modern market economics. The program emphasizes the importance of good public administration and of responsible, ethical public servants.

Since 1994, the Minerva Program, delivered by the Institute of Brazilian Business and Public Management Issues at the George Washington University, has provided a unique opportunity for Brazilian civil servants to upgrade their knowledge of public administration and to acquire the economic expertise necessary to advance Brazilian public-private cooperation. The participants encounter a broad range of theories and concepts related to Brazil’s position in the global economy and then return to Brazil with the tools to accelerate Brazil’s economic progress in the 21st century.


For Brazilian Participants:

  • A heightened understanding of modern market economics.
  • A global perspective on the effects of local, state, and national policies.
  • An opportunity to observe how public and private entities operate in the U.S.
  • An overview of the private financial sector and the international organizations in
  • global economic markets.
  • A firm grasp of the domestic and global challenges facing Brazil in the context of
  • economic development.

To the Brazilian Economy:

  • Increased confidence in the management capabilities of the public sector.
  • Implementation of public policies that favor economic development.
  • Improved communications between the public and private sectors.
  • Further advances in knowledge and application of modern techniques of public administration.
  • Wider dissemination of current economic theory and practice through the teaching activities of returning participants.

To the Global Economy:

  • Enhanced integration of Brazil into the global market system.
  • A clearer definition of investment and trade opportunities in Brazil.
  • Strengthened confidence in the stability of Brazilian government policies.
  • New communications networks between the Brazilian public sector and global market participants.


We welcome inquiries from those who support the goal of strengthening Brazilian public sector management. For further information, please contact Dr. James Ferrer, director, or Mr. Kevin Kellbach, administrator, at the Institute of Brazilian Issues by phone (202-994-5205), fax (202-994-5225), or email ibi@gwu.edu. Financial contributions to the Minerva Program are tax-deductible.