Brazil’s Cities: In Contention, In Transition

Large-scale urban redevelopment in the largest South American economy is being driven by massive socio-economic forces, not least of which is the World Cup and Olympics. Many of these projects — in urban housing and transport (roads, rails, airports, BRT) — are displacing residents and affecting other fundamental rights. Deep impacts are being felt in the very neighborhoods where people live their lives. What is the government’s strategy, and how is it playing out in the real world, through both private and public investments? Who is the redevelopment process serving? What will the long-term impacts be? Many projects are hotly contested and have spurred a surge in bottom-up participatory planning, and that in turn is starting to make itself felt in national policies and in municipal government. Simultaneously, grassroots-oriented media outlets are telling the stories in ways that challenge mainstream media narratives. In this session you’ll hear about the latest developments from one of the most prominent sponsors of change-oriented organizations working to shift the debate about Brazil’s urban futures.

  • Letícia Osorio, Human Rights Programme Officer, The Ford Foundation, Brazil

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