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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.

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.

Teen Detained In Brazil Tourist Gang Rape Case, Report

AP | Posted 07.28.2014 | Latino Voices

A news report says Rio de Janeiro police have detained a 14-year-old suspected of participating in the brutal gang rape of an American student inside ...

Tourist Kidnapped, Sexually Assaulted In Rio

AP | Posted 06.01.2013 | World

RIO DE JANEIRO — Two foreign tourists were held for hours, brutalized and one of them sexually assaulted aboard a public transport van they boar...

Ahead Of World Cup, Brazil Forces Group Of Indigenous People Out Of Museum Complex

AP | JENNY BARCHFIELD | Posted 05.22.2013 | World

RIO DE JANEIRO — Pandemonium broke out in the shadow of Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium on Friday as riot police raided an old museum that aut...

Museum Set To Focus On Contemporary Latin American Art

AP | JENNY BARCHFIELD | Posted 05.21.2013 | Arts

RIO DE JANEIRO — Long a cultural backwater, Rio de Janeiro has taken another leap toward becoming an art hot spot with this week's opening of a ...

Rio Gets A New Art Museum

AP | By JENNY BARCHFIELD | Posted 03.01.2013 | Arts

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Picture-postcard Guanabara Bay is the main attraction of the Olympic city's newest cultural center. The Rio Art Museum commands a v...

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.

After The Party, Rio On Cleanup Duty As Carnival Ends

AP | JENNY BARCHFIELD | Posted 04.15.2013 | World

RIO DE JANEIRO — The world's Carnival capital picked up the pieces on Wednesday, after five straight days of decadent samba school parades, rauc...

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...

Rio's Samba Schools Pull Out All The Stops For Carnival

AP | Posted 02.12.2013 | World

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Rio de Janeiro's samba schools vied for the title of the year's best Monday in an over-the-top, all-night-long Carnival parade at th...

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...

LOOK: Ridiculous Photos From Rio's Dog Carnival

AP | JENNY BARCHFIELD | Posted 02.05.2013 | World

RIO DE JANEIRO -- The crowd at the Blocao Carnival street party Sunday was a decidedly mixed one. Roughly half the revelers were humans, the other hal...

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.

Rio's Mosaic Of QR Codes

AP | Posted 08.25.2014 | Travel

Rio de Janeiro is mixing technology with tradition to provide tourists information about the city by embedding bar codes into the black and white mosa...

Brazil Favelas Find New Home On Maps

AP | JULIANA BARBASSA | Posted 01.22.2013 | World

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Look at most maps of Rio de Janeiro. The beaches are easy to spot, as are the iconic ocean-front neighborhoods of Copacabana and Ipa...

Rio's 'Love Hotels' Clean Up

AP | JENNY BARCHFIELD | Posted 01.18.2013 | Travel

RIO DE JANEIRO -- One worker strips mirrored paneling off the ceiling, as another pries up the fiberglass shell of a whirlpool bath. A third man takes...