Rio de Janeiro’s favelas are the city’s affordable housing stock, but they are also arguably the world’s most stigmatized communities. By bringing nuance to their narratives of these neighborhoods, journalists help pave the way for more productive policies. Below, you can find essential materials about Rio’s favelas and the city’s transformations, organized to support informed and nuanced reporting.

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The Basics

About these resources
What is a favela?
Favela facts
Favela Qualities
“Favela as a Sustainable Model” [VIDEO]
Alternative Text box
Favelas as affordable housing







What Journalists Need to Know About Covering Favelas

Community Contacts
Favela reporting best practices
Best and worst reporting on favelas
Favela perspective: “What the Mainstream Media Gets Wrong”
Why call them favelas?
Research: Favelas in the international media







Visit a Favela on a Community-led Tour

Favela tour operators
“Rolé dos Favelados” Activist Favela Tour
Vale Encantado: Otávio Barros
Morro dos Cabritos: Gilmar Lopes
Turano: Wilson Moraes







Sustainable Community Solutions

NEW: Sustainable Favela Network profiles
Community solutions
Community-based organizations
Environmental projects
Informal economy







Policy Reference Pieces

Overview: Mayor Crivella’s Strategic Plan
Strategic Plan: Latest news and favela organizing
Pacifying Police Units (UPPs)
Minha Casa Minha Vida public housing
Policies and projects “for the English to see”







Favela Policy Recommendations

Housing policy lessons from Rio’s favelas
Brazilian housing law memos
Combatting exploitative tourism
Right to the city







Favela Voices: Opinion, Media, and Community Organizing

Who to follow on social media
Favela resident opinion pieces
Community media profiles
Community leader profiles








Latest RioOnWatch evictions coverage
Rio das Pedras
Maracajás Road
Evictions Museum







Monitoring Olympic Legacy

The New York Times: Unkept Legacy Promises
Rio’s Unplanned Olympic Legacies
Vila Autódromo timeline
Dossier of pre-Olympics human rights violations







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