Our document database has useful information on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the communities we serve. If you are an academic, or just someone with an inquisitive side, these resources will be of value to you.


*Article in the St. John’s Humanitarian Review
Quilombos, Cortiços, Favelas: Moving from Historical Oppression to Social Transformation
by André Sales Batista, Marcos Burgos, and Ricarte Echevarría

*The Favelas of Rio and Inequality – August 2009 – (Portuguese) 
Favelas do Rio e Desigualdade. Relatorio. Marcelo Neri, Agosto 2010

*Why the UPP Doesn’t Work For Everyone? – (Portuguese)
Marcelo Freixo – Professor e Deputado Estadual (PSol-RJ)
Porque as UPPs Não Chegam Para Todos?

*Challenge of Slums
Global Report On Human Settlements 2003 (United Nations Human Settlements Programme)

Social Movements in the face of Criminal Power, 2009 – Marcelo Lopes de Souza, Social Movements in the face of Criminal Power, 2009

*The Origins of The Favelas (Portuguese)
Constructing the “Right to the City” in Brazil – EDÉSIO FERNANDES

— While there has been a growing utilization of Henri Lefebvre’s concept of the ‘right to the city’, not much has been said about the legal implications of such a concept. This article discusses the main aspects of the legal construction of the ‘right to the city’ in Brazil.

Fact Sheet No. 25: Evictions and Human Rights
Fact Sheet No. 25: Evictions and Human Rights

Rio de Janeiro After 2016 (Official Strategic Document)
Rio de Janeiro After 2016 (Official Strategic Document)

UPP e a Economia da Rocinha e do Alemão: Do Choque de Ordem ao de Progresso
UPP e a Economia da Rocinha e do Alemão Do Choque de Ordem ao de Progresso

Public Security and Spatial Justice in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro
Rafael Soares Goncalves, Improving Security in Poor Areas, 2011

This paper analyses the recent measures taken by the Municipality of Rio de Janeiro concerning public security in the context of several international events being organised in the city, including the 2016 Olympic Games. Falling within the framework of the Federal Programme of Security and Citizenship (Pronasci), these measures aim first and foremost at improving security in several favelas of the city by establishing so-called Pacifying Police Units (UPP). With the study of spatial logics prevailing in the establishment of these units in strategically selected districts, associated with that of the daily practices of residents in several favelas of Rio alongside community-based police justice spatiale | spatial justice forces, we were able to characterise the close link between public security and urban policies. Beyond the displayed objectives of social peace preservation, we examine this link to question the permanence of social difficulties experienced by the majority of favela residents, and to question the underlying land and real estate stakes revealed by these actions. Does the evolution of intervention methods in urban public security, which appears to be closely related to territorial marketing strategies, reflect the unequal and possibly unfair treatment of some of the poorest areas of the city, or does it, on the contrary, lead to considering new means of security provision in areas highly affected by violence, poverty and a lack of public services?


Chris Gaffney – Mega Events (Rio de Janeiro, 2010)
Chris Gaffney 2010, Mega Events, Rio de Janeiro


Links Of Interest
2009 Community Census From the Program for Accelerated Growth