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WATCH: One Lawyer's Epic Battle Against Crack

Posted 08.13.2013 | World

In Rio's infamous favelas, one determined lawyer is waging a battle to fight the crack epidemic that plagues Brazil's second-largest city. Flávia...

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.

Five Creative (and Successful) Initiatives to Bring Clean Water to the Urban Poor

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 09.29.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Access to clean, potable water is a central issue for slum dwellers around the world and is often a time-consuming endeavor that involves walking great distances. Water is often expensive, demanding a large portion of families' budgets.

PHOTOS: The Coolest Views Of Cities From Above

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 07.24.2013 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

Some of the best city views happen above the city. Click through for your own sky-high tour of the world...

What If Detroit Was a Happy City?

Jon Packer | Posted 09.22.2013 | Detroit
Jon Packer

What does make a city happy? If we can understand this, it might be possible to design cities that are happier places to live, work and visit.

Jaweed Kaleem

Pope Francis To Make First Major International Appearance

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 07.19.2013 | Religion

NEW YORK -- At St. Joseph's church, a small but bustling Catholic congregation near downtown Brooklyn that draws a mix of Hispanic and Caribbean famil...

Innovation for Health: How Text Messages and Micro-Insurance Help the Urban Poor Stay Healthy

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 09.16.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Slum residents across the Global South lack access to affordable health care services. Despite a pervasive lack of funding, often mediocre infrastruct...

Standing up Against Forced Evictions: How Slum Dwellers Are Fighting Back

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 07.11.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Rising property values lead developers and government officials to abruptly displace slum dwellers, often without proper notice, legal standing, or reimbursement.

Advice for Pope Francis as He Heads to Rio

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 09.09.2013 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

Matthew Fox offers advice to Pope Francis on dozens of hot-button issues that were mostly silenced by Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Imagine an issue that you might care about and it is here. Birth control. Pre-marital sex. Ordaining women. Looking to more than the Bible and Church tradition (nature, science, creative arts, imagination) for God's revelation.

The Walk From Hope to Fear, as Brazilians Take to Rio's Streets for Change

Tracy Lee | Posted 09.01.2013 | World
Tracy Lee

From an outsider's perspective it may have felt that everything happened overnight, but these feelings have been stirring among Brazilians for a while.

11,000 Police Mobilized To Secure Confederations Cup Final In Rio

Agence France Presse | Chris Wright | Posted 08.31.2013 | World

Protesters armed with screwdrivers and slingshots clashed with police near Rio's legendary Maracana football stadium where Brazil defeated Spain to wi...

Protests Target Confederation Cup Final In Brazil

AP | JENNY BARCHFIELD | Posted 08.30.2013 | World

RIO DE JANEIRO -- More than 5,000 anti-government protesters marched Sunday near the Maracana stadium before a major international soccer match, venti...

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.

One Million Brazilians Hit The Streets

AP | MARCO SIBAJA, JENNY BARCHFIELD and BRADLEY BROOKS | Posted 08.21.2013 | World

BRASILIA, Brazil — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff ended her near-silence about days of massive, violent protests, saying in a prime-time TV ...

Sao Paulo, Rio Roll Back Transport Fare Hikes

AP | BRADLEY BROOKS and JENNY BARCHFIELD | Posted 08.19.2013 | World

SAO PAULO — Leaders in Brazil's two biggest cities said Wednesday that they reversed an increase in bus and subway fares that ignited anti-gover...

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.

PHOTOS: Rio's Shantytowns, Via Cable Car

AP | JULIANA BARBASSA | Posted 05.13.2013 | Travel

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Tiana Martins stepped gingerly into the red cable-car gondola, giggling from nerves as the doors slid shut, the ground dropped preci...

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.