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In Rio, the end of the 2000s brought a trickle of funding to a few delayed upgrading projects from the Favela-Bairro program and its spinoffs, the Bairrinho and Grandes Favelas programs. During this time the federal Growth Acceleration Program (PAC) began to install public works in favelas as well. These tended to be attention-grabbing projects and those visible from the edges of communities such as the cable car in Complexo More >
For original article by Fabio Brisolla in Folha de São Paulo, click here.
Nine out of ten residents of the favelas in Rio de Janeiro, under the age of 30, access the World Wide Web. The majority access the Internet on a computer from home and prioritize social media, such as Facebook, when online.
The above statements resulted from research conducted with residents between 15 and 29 years of age, from five different low income areas of Rio de Janeiro: Rocinha (South Zone), City of God (West Zone), Manguinhos (North Zone), Complexo do Alemão and More >
Connecting Barra da Tijuca and the Olympic Park with the International Airport, the Transcarioca highway and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route is the most visible transport infrastructure work the city of Rio is undertaking in preparation for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. Officials estimate that the 39km expressway and its 45 bus stations will serve 400,000 passengers per day and cut journey time between Barra and the airport by 60%. However, of the three BRT transport projects under construction – the others being the TransOeste linking far West Zone More >
While a group of curious outsiders, including me, visited the favela Complexo da Penha, a few locals and a tame toy poodle named Borris tagged along. Since many Americans don’t visit this part of Rio very often, the locals took this chance as an opportunity to learn more about the United States. One of them tried to corroborate what she heard on television, so she asked me if I had ever experienced earthquakes and hurricanes and I said yes to both. Her eyes grew wide with horror. “We have none of that in Rio,” she said proudly. Someone else butts More >
Rarely are rights and obligations emphasized as two sides of the same coin as is systematically done by Associação da Conscientizção dos Direitos e Deveres das Comunidades do Estado no Rio de Janeiro (ACONDEC), an association dedicated to youth inclusion and community development.
Founded by Cristina Costa in 2005, ACONDEC aims to improve the lives of residents in Complexo da Penha through community development. Complexo da Penha, referred to simply as Penha, is located in Rio’s dramatically underserved North Zone. Like many communities in Rio, Penha faces challenges of access, government support and equal opportunity. But, as Cristina puts it, in More >