Based in the South, the Igarapé Institute undertakes diagnostics, generates awareness, and co-designs solutions with public and private partners, often with the use of new technologies. Key areas of focus include (i) drug policy, (ii) citizen security, (iii) building peace, (iv) safer cities and (v) cyber security.
The word “Igarapé” itself can be traced to the Tupi, a South American indigenous people. The word itself means “the way of the canoe” referring to small rivers and canals that are common in the Amazon. Igarapés are vital connections for travelers and facilitate trade and communications.
The Institute has its headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, with personnel spread across Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. Established in 2011, it is supported by bilateral agencies, foundations, international organizations and private donors from around the world. These include, among others, Canada, Norway, United Kingdom, as well as the Bernard van Leer Foundation, Google, Open Society Foundation, the International Development Research Centre, the United Nations, and private supporters.