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A Women's Court, a Peace Villa, a Website and a Garden: 4 Successful Initiatives Empowering Women in the Global South

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 08.27.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Transforming the lives of the urban poor can only happen through women's empowerment -- not only because gender equality is a human right, but mainly because it is fundamental to bringing an entire community out of poverty.

Challenges of Hosting a Big Sporting Event

Eduardo Paes | Posted 08.27.2013 | World
Eduardo Paes

The voices of the streets represent a unifying message -- these events must prioritize legacy and what will remain after the race is run and the final whistle blows. If not, the shareholders won't even reach the qualifiers, let alone the players.

Brazil's Newest Weapon In The Fight Against Corruption

Agence France Presse | Mariana Muniz | Posted 08.27.2013 | World

Brazilian tour guide Thiago Firmino notices that the two cable cars servicing the working-class neighborhood of Dona Marta, on a steep hillside overlo...

Jeitinho Brasileiro: The Brazilian Way of Doing Things

Nathalie Davidson | Posted 08.24.2013 | World
Nathalie Davidson

The last six months of my study abroad experience in Rio de Janeiro have been incredible to say the least and there was no way I could not participate in the protest with the hope of giving back to Rio what the city has given me, optimism for the future.

Film Review: Rio 2096 Glides Across Six Centuries of Brazil

Zach Udko | Posted 08.18.2013 | Entertainment
Zach Udko

As summer heats up, our thirst for films about futuristic freedom fighters shows no sign of abating.

10 Best Places To See From Above

Viator | Posted 08.06.2013 | Travel
Viator

Whether hovering over a kaleidoscope of corals at the Great Barrier Reef or soaring around the Statue of Liberty in New York, here are 10 of the best places in the world to see from above.

How Big Data can Change the Lives of the Urban Poor

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 07.28.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Data plays a crucial role in any serious effort to reduce urban poverty. It's tough to design initiatives and measure success without a clear understanding of who people are, where they live, and what problems they face.

People-Powered Politics at the City Level: Searching for True Citizenship

Alessandra Orofino | Posted 07.21.2013 | Impact
Alessandra Orofino

Precisely because of the magnitude of the problems they face, cities are increasingly emerging as the most fertile grounds for creating change. They are the laboratories in which many of the world's most intractable challenges will be solved.

Is Brazil Preparing for World Cup and Olympics at the Expense of Its People?

Emilia Barrosse | Posted 07.10.2013 | College
Emilia Barrosse

Certainly, I am not a city planner, politician or even a Brazilian. Hosting the World Cup in 2014 and Olympics in 2016 is a major responsibility and an excellent opportunity to promote a country's public image. However, the desperation I witnessed is not the most enticing picture to broadcast to the world.

How Matatus and Kekes are Improving the Lives of the Urban Poor

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Lack of planning, rapid urbanization, and overcrowding are some of the issues residents face on a daily basis. Many current forms of urban transportation are inefficient, unsafe, and unsustainable. The following examples are from cities attempting to create an efficient and affordable system.

Discovering A Mosque In The World's Largest Catholic Country

Aamir Hussain | Posted 07.03.2013 | Religion
Aamir Hussain

Given that about 0.02 percent of Brazil's population identifies as Muslim and that the majority of this small group lives in the center of the country, I never would have expected to find other Muslims in Rio. However, after several months of searching I finally found some.

Luxury In South America

Oyster | Posted 07.01.2013 | Travel
Oyster

South America is home to some of the world's most luxurious hotels. Whether you want to sit beachside in Rio De Janeiro or soak in views of the Andes ...

Big Cities, Small Stays

Oyster | Posted 06.18.2013 | Travel
Oyster

So though mega-metropolises like Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, or Los Angeles might intimidate you, fear not. You can always retreat to these intimate boutiques for some quiet time amidst the bustle of the big city.

Informality: The Invisible Divider Between Urban Residents

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 04.24.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Because residents of informal settlements in Mexico City are under constant threat of eviction, they do not make infrastructure necessary investments, thereby reducing their health and quality of life.

Floating Schools and Green Mortgages: Constructions to Help the Urban Poor

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

As slums, schools, and homes are designed and built in cities across the developing world, the urban poor are making use of new and innovative approaches to construction.

PHOTOS: The Best Images From Brazil's Carnival

Posted 02.13.2013 | World

Rio Carnival: The words alone conjure images of half-naked (or some fraction greater than half) samba dancers, kaleidoscopes of color and surreal floa...

Give The Urban Poor Opportunity, Not Just Charity

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 04.11.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Providing the poor and marginalized with employment is the best way to help them lift themselves out of poverty.

LOOK: Sneak Peek At Río De Janeiro's Carnaval

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 07.28.2014 | Latino Voices

Vai chegar o Carnaval do Rio de Janeiro! As thousands of tourists flock south for Brazil’s famous pre-Lenten celebration, samba schools give flo...

PHOTOS: The World's Best Carnival Parties

Travel + Leisure | Posted 04.06.2013 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

To gain converts, the early Christian church incorporated pagan practices, tying them to the period of abstinence known as Lent.

Health Interventions and Local Mores: Approaches to Effective Intervention

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 03.12.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

What impact do local traditions have on health indicators? How can modern approaches be paired with indigenous customs to improve the health of communities? These are some of the questions that our correspondents set out to answer.

WATCH: Helicopter Crashes Just Off Famous Beach

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 01.02.2013 | World

Onlookers at Rio de Janeiro's famous Copacabana beach captured a frightening spectacle on video Saturday when a rescue helicopter crashed into the oce...

Best New Year's Eve Party Towns

U.S. News Travel | Posted 03.02.2013 | Travel
U.S. News Travel

There are plenty of other cities ringing in 2013 in a truly memorable fashion. We've scoured the globe for hot spots where you won't just be another face in a televised crowd, but where you can really kick off an exciting new year in style.

The Pirelli Calendar's Soulful Departure

Summer Rayne Oakes | Posted 02.27.2013 | Entertainment
Summer Rayne Oakes

Instead of the calendar that we often come to expect, featuring artistic nudes, Pirelli and McCurry opted for a less expected route. They chose, instead, to feature eleven women fully clothed -- all of who work on environmental and humanitarian causes.

PHOTOS: 11 South American Adventures

Viator | Posted 01.25.2013 | Travel
Viator

Whether you're looking to dive with sharks, bike precarious paths overlooking steep cliffs, venture deep into the world's largest jungle or trek for days on end through unworldly terrain, this continent has you covered.

5 Reasons To Visit Rio de Janeiro Right Now

Mark Chesnut | Posted 01.20.2013 | Travel
Mark Chesnut

By most counts, Rio de Janeiro was one of the first jet-set vacation destinations, even before jets were flying. Now, Rio is cooking up even more reasons to visit, thanks to two major global sporting events and several new museums in the works.