From the founding of the first favela, Providência, in 1897, through 2008, very few policies were directed towards Rio’s favelas, producing the immense variety of communities present in the city today, with all their qualities and challenges. Communities have clamored for investment throughout their history, particularly over the past 50 years. Yet only starting in 2008 were a number of policies targeting various issues announced, directed towards these communities. In the posts below we provide background on a range of policies affecting Rio’s favelas, past and present.
Over their 50 years, Community Land Trusts have become a global instrument to realize the right to housing, and their potential is increasingly recognized in Brazil. The São [...]
State program established in 2008 by the Rio de Janeiro Public Security Secretariat to introduce “community policing” in favelas across the City of Rio and [...]
Federal program established in 2007 by President Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva and expanded under President Dilma Rousseff, providing large-scale infrastructure [...]
Federal program established in 2009 by President Dilma Rousseff providing large-scale mass public housing nationwide, including over 66,000 units in Rio de Janeiro. [...]
City program established in 2010 run by the Rio de Janeiro Municipal Housing Secretariat to “upgrade all favelas in Rio by 2020,” building on historical [...]
Federal guarantee of the right to adverse possession for the purpose of housing provided via the 1988 Brazilian Constitution, based on the “social function of [...]