The Igarapé Institute is a “think and do” tank – committed to both reflection and action. The Institute advanced its work on both fronts in 2017. The Institute increased its “thinking” in terms of stimulating public debate, providing technical advice and generating high quality research and publications. It also expanded its “doing” through the design and deployment of digital applications and direct action with governments, business and non-government entities. There were notable increases in outputs and outcomes during the year.


The Igarapé Institute has expanded its potential to convene key actors across core thematic areas and its capacity to produce evidence-informed and action-oriented research. The directors were invited to deliver keynote lectures at some of the world’s top speaking venues, and Igarapé researchers participated in a range of conferences, consultations, seminars, panel discussions and other events throughout the year, continuing to broaden the Institute’s regional and global networks in 2017.


In 2017, the Igarapé Institute produced 40 publications, an increase of one-third over 2016. Some 22 of the 40 were Strategic Notes and Papers, Policy Briefs or Homicide Dispatches, published in three languages, Portuguese, English and Spanish. Another 18 publications were produced together with our partner experts and institutions. Igarapé Strategic Papers, Notes and articles were downloaded 38,844 times in 2017, a 26 percent increase over 2016 (30,800).


Of particular interest both domestically and globally were publications on conflict prevention and the UN, women’s participation in Brazil’s military, Brazil’s history of participation in the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and the state of Internet governance and digital rights legislation in Brazil. Igarapé Institute researchers were also cited literally thousands of times in peer-review journals around the world.


Igarapé continued to expand its domestic and international profile, participating in 135 events in Brazil and around the world in 2017. Igarapé researchers delivered lectures and participated in events and conferences in 18 countries including Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the United States. These included TED talks, World Economic Forum summits, United Nations consultations, bilateral meetings, academic seminars, international conferences, and others.


The Igarapé Institute continued to shape global and regional debates on public security and justice by giving keynote talks at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos and regional summits in Argentina and Dubai, at TED in Vancouver and TED Global in New York, and the Global Forum on Cities in Chicago. Keynote addresses were also delivered to the WEF’s Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils (in Dubai), the Smart City Global Expo Congress (in Barcelona), and the Citizen Security Clinic (in Medellin).







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In 2017, Igarapé’s research, analysis and commentary were featured in 7,647 news stories published in 107 countries and territories, effectively doubling the number from 2016 (3,206). Igarapé researchers produced 130 op-eds, published or reproduced in 275 media outlets around the globe. More than 1,500 stories appeared in the Brazilian media and nearly 2,500 stories were published in international news outlets.


The Institute’s co-founder and executive director, Ilona Szabó, released a new book “Drugs: Untold Stories” to national acclaim. The book was launched nationwide and featured in syndicated talk shows and columns. In addition to Ilona’s role on the Estudio i program (GloboNews) she also now has a bi-monthly column with Brazil’s largest newspaper, Folha de São Paulo, which reaches an average monthly audience of 100 million readers.


The Igarapé Institute continued to expand its digital footprint in 2017. Average monthly visits to the Institute’s website doubled in 2017: 122,431 sessions by 91,895 unique users, for a total of 270,395 page views. The Institute’s mailing list also increased two-fold, receiving 5,069 new subscriptions in 2017 for a total of 10,569 (as of December 2017). As such, the Institute is able to reach an ever growing audience of influencers and changer makers.


The Institute also grew its presence on social media platforms. Igarapé’s Facebook page now has more than 26,000 followers, adding more than 10,000 in 2017 and the Institute’s Twitter presence also grew. Finally, in addition to producing print and digital versions of many of our Strategic Articles, in 2017 Igarapé began to design, develop and publish web-based reports, providing a richer, contextualized presentation of our research and findings.


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