About Igarapé

The Igarapé Institute is an independent think and do tank devoted to integrating security, justice and development agendas. The Institute’s goal is to propose innovative solutions to complex social challenges through research, new technologies, influence in public policies and articulation.


The Institute currently works with 5 overarching themes: (i) national and global drug policies; (ii) citizen security; (iii) building peace; (iv) safer cities; and (v) cybersecurity.


We are a non-profit, independent and nonpartisan institute, headquartered in Rio de Janeiro but transcending local, national and regional boundaries through our work. Crucially, the Igarapé Institute is connected to a wide ecosystem of organizations and agencies from Brazil and around the world.


The word Igarapé, in Tupi, means “the way of the canoe”. Igarapés are small rivers or canals, common in the Amazon, which provide vital connections for travelers and facilitate trade and communications.


The Igarapé Institute’s mission is to make Brazil and countries in the global south more secure.

The Igarapé Institute seeks to act as a channel, facilitating the integration of Security and Development agendas while at the same time serving as a bridge between both decision makers and social movements, connecting global and local spheres.

The Institute has its headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, with personnel spread across Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. We have partners and projects in more than 20 countries.

Awards in 2018