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.

Pacifying Police Units (UPP)

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 [...]

Growth Acceleration Program (PAC)

Federal program established in 2007 by President Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva and expanded under President Dilma Rousseff, providing large-scale infrastructure [...]

Minha Casa Minha Vida (MCMV)

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. [...]

Morar Carioca

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 [...]