by International Observers

On the Origin of ‘Favela’

‘Please be careful when you open the overhead luggage after landing, and please remember there is still time to give a donation to our youth program in the favelas. Your donation can help a young […]

Research & Analysis

Squatter’s Rights: The Basics

Since the era of Henry I in England, societies have understood that property ownership is an important means to building wealth for individuals and creating value for communities. Therefore, when property was left unclaimed or abandoned it […]

Civil Society

A Fresh View of Asa Branca

The favela of Asa Branca is one of the communities in the Barra da Tijuca Olympic zone which, like many poor communities across Rio, is under threat, in this case by civil works which are […]