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Inequalities and Exclusion of the Poor in the Global South: Four Cities Fight Back Through Aggressive Land Policy

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 12.15.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

While the goals of neighborhood revitalization are generally positive, if a government fails to actively incorporate policies that guarantee affordable housing and public spaces, revitalization becomes a euphemism for gentrification and exclusion of the poor.

Housing: More Than a Place to Live

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Building affordable housing is only the first step towards inclusive cities. As housing should be seen as an urban strategy to improve the overall quality of life for all citizens, affordable housing must be inclusive by design.

The Magnificent Wooden Universe Of Henrique Oliveira

Crane.tv | Posted 08.12.2014 | Arts
Crane.tv

Henrique Oliveira's current exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of São Paulo could not be more be more timely. All eye...

9 Must-See Sites in Rio de Janeiro (Including 4 You've Probably Never Heard Of)

Viator | Posted 08.09.2014 | Travel
Viator

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is one of the world's top destinations. And for good reason. No other city combines quite the mix of jaw-dropping scenery, world-famous beaches, and laid back cosmopolitan cool, as well as some of the planet's most recognizable landmarks.

Does Brazil Matter for Brand Owners?

Jonathan Hall | Posted 08.09.2014 | Business
Jonathan Hall

The short answer is yes. The numbers are eye-opening: the fifth biggest country in the world and the sixth richest. Blessed with natural resources and a $7bn luxury market.

Land Titles for the Urban Poor

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Rio de Janeiro is moving forward with the expansion of land titling for its most vulnerable citizens through Minha Casa Minha Vida, the national housing program, and Morar Carioca, the city's urban upgrading program.

Brazil's World Cup Conundrum

Rafael Salazar | Posted 07.05.2014 | Latino Voices
Rafael Salazar

With expectations running high, is Brazil prepared to take on the burden and honor of the 2014 World Cup, or has it set itself up for disappointment and chaos?

Why Urban Poverty and Rural Life Are Interconnected in the Global South

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Urban poverty in the Global South does not occur in a vacuum: many of the urban poor are recent migrants from rural areas who have come to the city in search of a better life.

One Step Forward, Ten Steps Back: On The Exoticization Of Rio's Favelas

Gabriela Kruschewsky | Posted 05.19.2014 | Latino Voices
Gabriela Kruschewsky

Does "explore the narrow passageways and catch breathtaking views of unique architecture, mountains, and ocean" sound like the exception, or does it sound like a misguided brochure?

Can Slums Be Used as Laboratories for Urban Improvement?

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 05.11.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Slums in the Global South are often used as "laboratories of urbanism," where initiatives are experimentally "tried out." While this approach encourages self-invention in slums, it can also be highly controversial to use informal communities as experimental territory.

Is Pacification Increasing Violence Against Women in Rio's Favelas?

Juliana Schwartz | Posted 03.24.2014 | Latino Voices
Juliana Schwartz

It is unclear what is causing the increase in violence against women in Rio's favelas. But here is what I do know: Rio has one of the most blatant and fascinating systems of control when it comes to keeping poor people of color marginalized.

Bringing Urban Infrastructure to Communities On the Margins

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 03.11.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Informal settlements are especially underserved when it comes to infrastructure, and they often lack recognition from the government as well as the means to access necessities like clean water or healthcare.

American Finds a Carioca Heart in Rio's Favelas Through Funk Music

Tracy Lee | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Tracy Lee

Along the gritty edges of Brazil where the dirt roads spiral up into the hills of Rio de Janiero and ramshackle homes jut out and dot the horizon, 32-year-old California native and funk star Don Blanquito forged his own way into these favelas to find the pulse to his other heart -- and the Carioca (Rio-born) way of life.

Police Take Favela Without Firing A Shot

AP | Posted 10.07.2013 | Latino Voices

RIO DE JANEIRO -- RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Police have occupied a group of adjacent favelas in Rio de Janeiro, the latest slum "pacification" aimed at ...

How Art Helps Slum Residents in the Global South

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

A number of impressive initiatives across the global south are using art to empower marginalized communities. Whether it is through museums in Rio de Janeiro or film production in Nairobi, several projects are giving the poor a voice.

Five Creative Solutions To Give Slum Children Access To Education

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 10.27.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

This vicious cycle of poverty is one of the biggest issues in development, and necessitates significant creativity to problem solving.

A Favela Transformed

Roberta Brandes Gratz | Posted 10.21.2013 | Travel
Roberta Brandes Gratz

Favelas evolve organically and often exhibit a strong sense of community, extraordinary innovation and extensive economic activity. Only on the surface do they appear to be hopeless slums.

Pacification Police in Rio and Women's Empowerment in Mexico: How to Reduce Slum Violence

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 10.01.2013 | World
Josephine d'Allant

Efforts to improve security are taking place across the Global South, including the pacification of Rio de Janeiro's favelas, the reconciliation of street brawlers in Jakarta and the combating of violence against women in Mexico City and Mumbai.

The Problem With Art Basel's Favela Cafe

Guy Horton | Posted 09.17.2013 | Arts
Guy Horton

For Art Basel, "Favela Café" has been a huge miscalculation. If it seemed funny or brilliant for an instant when it was first proposed, that moment is long past. What we are left with is a ramshackle jumble of bad taste.

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.

PHOTOS: New Book Explores Rio's Favelas

Posted 09.21.2012 | Travel

A new photo-heavy book, Inside the Favelas, explores with great depth the shantytown neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro. Photographer and author Dougl...

Brazil's Crack Gangs Trigger New Favela Violence

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 11.21.2012 | World
Eric Ehrmann

With favela gangs arming themselves with RPGs and recruiting kids who are used as child soldiers, cocaine's bad karma is making Brazil a more violent society.

Notorious Slum Drug Dealers Ban Crack

AP | JULIANA BARBASSA | Posted 08.22.2012 | World

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Business was brisk in the Mandela shantytown on a recent night. In the glow of a weak light bulb, customers pawed through packets of...

Land Titles For Slum Residents

AP | JULIANA BARBASSA | Posted 07.23.2012 | World

RIO DE JANEIRO — The home Jose Nazare Braga built in the Rocinha shantytown is his life's work, an investment that grew from a shack to a three-...

'Clean Rio'

AP | FLORA CHARNER | Posted 07.03.2012 | World

RIO DE JANEIRO — Officials in Rio de Janeiro are trying to make one of the globe's most beautiful cities even more stunning. Some 50 workers be...