Category: Newsletter – Eng

Protection of democracy

Igarape Institute created a new area of ​focus on preserving civic space and fomenting democratic action in 2020. The program features a host of podcasts, a book and an article. The Institute also engaged with traditional media outlets and through influencers and opinion leaders, such


The Igarape Institute launched a new initiative to promote cyber governance in Brazil. The consultation series includes a range of stakeholders from the military, intelligence, private sector, civil society, and academia. The outputs were picked-up by a new National Cybersecurity Strategy. Moreover, the Institute has

Defense of the environment

Igarape Institute consolidated its Climate and Security program launching two strategic articles and starting to guide the debate on the intersection between these themes. The Institute likewise stepped up its international profile on the issue, including with the Coalition Brazil Climate, Forests and Agriculture, the

Advances in drug policies

The year 2020 heralded a massive shift in drug policy. Many parts of the world adopted a range of progressive legislation, a product of over a decade of dedicated work to build awareness, work with legislators, and active campaigning. In addition to helping shape this

Action against COVID-19

The Igarape Institute participated in several efforts to respond and contain the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, the Institute helped launch the União Rio Movement, which collected and donated protective gear and health equipment. As part of the União Amazônia Viva, the Institute also helped organize

Safer cities

In the lead-up to the 2020 municipal elections, the Igarape Institute provided candidates and city councils with detailed information on data-driven and evidence-based approaches to preventing violence. A key vehicle for this was the Institute’s “Safe Cities Agenda”. The agenda features a host of strategies

Responsible firearms control

Throughout 2020, the Igarape Institute played a pivotal role in supporting the legislature and the judiciary to reverse brazen attempts to dilute firearms legislation in Brazil. The Institute generated technical briefs, opinion editorials and a range of reports to elected representatives as well as Brazilian
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In the news

Over the past few months the Igarapé Institute has published extensively on the Amazon in the Financial Times, Foreign Policy, the Agenda, Folha de São Paulo and many other outlets around the world. Most of the focus has been on the extent of deforestation and

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New publications

Massive changes in new technologies are disrupting law enforcement and criminal justice everywhere. There are tremendous advantages to be gained from real-time crime mapping and predictive policing, but also enormous risks in relation to discriminatory police practices and data privacy. Robert Muggah, Emile Badran, and Katherine Aguirre discuss these issues in a new Igarapé Institute publication – Crime Prediction for More Agile Policing in Cities. 

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Igarapé at the COP25: exploring the relations between climate and security

Igarapé Institute took active part in the annual climate summit – COP25 – in Madrid this December. Adriana Abdenur and Giovanna Kuele released a new report – Climate and Security in Latin America and the Caribbean: From Evidence to Political Solutions – available in English, Portuguese and Spanish. The team also released several opinion articles, including in O Globo, and full-page interviews in O Globo and Estadão. 

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OKA, app for migrants and refugees, arrives to São Paulo

Everyday thousands of refugees cross international borders, fleeing from war, violence and uncertainty. In Brazil, at least 100,000 new refugees have arrived since 2017, many from Venezuela. A major challenge is accessing basic services. To meet this challenge, Igarapé Institute launched OKA, a free mobile app. It connects new arrivals – refugees, asylum seekers and also internal displaced and vulnerable communities with critical geo-located information on shelter, food sources, education, transportation and health services. 

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Work opportunities for prisoners 

Brazil has the third largest prison population in the world. Yet there is comparatively little understanding of the role of women and girls in Brazil’s penal system. According to research conducted by the Igarapé Institute, there were 37,828 women in prisons in 2017, a sevenfold increase on 2000. In order to draw attention to their particular challenges, Igarapé Institute launched the Sócios da Liberdade (Freedom Partners) campaign in October. 

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EVA: Women against violence

At least 1.2 million women suffered from violent victimization in Brazil between 2010 and 2017. In order to reveal the sheer scope and scale of violence against women and help strengthen data collection and public policy responses, Igarapé Institute launched a new data visualization platform.

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2018 was turbulent but we had eight wins to celebrate

We are living in turbulent times. Deepening geopolitical tensions are transforming international relations and political tribalism is revealing deep fissures within countries. The spread of exponential technologies is upending long-held assumptions about security, politics and economics. The pace of change is making it hard to

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New partners

The Igarapé Institute owes all of its victories to strong partnerships. The Institute is delighted to announce a series of new partners in 2019, bringing our total to over 100 strategic alliances. A shortlist includes: Partners: Create Lab and the International Committee of the Red

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Igarapé in Numbers

December 2018 1 App Cpeace – A new app to connect influencers in the theme of conflict prevention. 5 Publications A Strategy for Cybersecurity Governance in Brazil, by Louise Marie Hurel and Luisa Cruz Lobato; Existe um Direito à Explicação na Lei Geral de Proteção

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City-led strategies to prevent and reduce crime in Latin America

Public security is one of the top concerns facing Latin American cities. And not without good reason. The region is home to 41 of the 50 most murderous urban centers in the world. Latin American city residents are also among the most fearful in the

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Changing the game on public security

Igarapé joined the international campaign 16 Dias de Ativismo pelo Fim da Violência Contra as Mulheres [16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women]. Specifically, it launched #MulheresViramOJogo [Women who Change the Game]. The campaign began in Brazil on National Black Consciousness Day (20

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Bringing Brazil to Europe to discuss global leadership

Ilona Szabó, Igarapé’s executive director, was one of the main speakers at the EuroLeads Brasa (Brazilian Student Association) European Leadership Summit. The Leadership Summit is one of the biggest gatherings of Brazilian students in Europe. Ilona delivered a talk called “O Brasil que eu quero”

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Talking about conflict prevention at the Paris Peace Forum

Igarapé Institute was invited to present its latest work on conflict prevention at the Paris Peace Forum from 11-13 November. The Institute was selected from thousands of potential participants to feature its Innovation on Conflict Prevention (ICP) project. The event assembled more than 60 heads

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Rethinking employment strategies for prison inmates and parolees

Brazil currently registers the third largest prison population in the world. Brazil´s prisons are also bursting at the seams. There are over 726,700 prisoners with room for just 368,000. What is more, 40% of Brazil´s inmates have yet to be convicted. The profile is also

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Opportunities for community violence reduction in Africa

Throughout October Robert Muggah continued his review of peace support operations in Africa. He visited the Democratic Republic of Congo – particularly Goma, Beni and Bunia – to review disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) as well as community violence reduction (CVR) projects. This follows on

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Fresh perspectives on the Internet of Things (IoT)

The Igarapé Institute released two new publications on a complex and under-analyzed theme – the Internet of Things (IoT). Very generally, IoT refers to the digital interconnection of infrastructure, services and people. The first Strategic Note – “Segurança e Privacidade para a Internet das Coisas”

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New digital conflict prevention platform is featured in Paris

The Igarapé Institute is participating in the Paris Peace Forum in November 2018, an event hosted by French President Macron. Igarapés Building Peace coordinator, Adriana Abdenur, will be showcasing the new digital platform – Innovation in Conflict Prevention (ICP). The ICP dashboard features hundreds of

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Listed as one of Brazil’s top NGOs

The Igarapé Institute was selected as Brazil’s top human rights NGO in 2018. The Institute was also listed as one of the 100 Best NGOs in Brazil. The prize was issued by Instituto Doar and Rede Filantropia. There are more than 300,000 NGOs in Brazil,

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Security before and after the 2018 elections

Public security and corruption were key themes during the 2018 electoral campaign Brazil. Before and after the October election, the Igarapé Institute intensified outreach and action on data-driven and evidence based approaches to public security. For example, the Institute released a new book – Segurança

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Igarape joins National Council for public security

The Igarapé Institute was invited by the federal government to join the National Council of Public Security and Social Defense. The Council was created to develop strategies to curtail the crime and violence in the country. Igarapé was one of just three civil society organizations

Global homicide capital

More than a third of the world’s homicides are concentrated in Latin America. Between a tenth and a third of these killings are by gangs and drug cartels. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) worked closely with the Igarapé Institute to prepare a major story on

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Smarter cities or wiser cities?

Igarapé Institute’s Robert Muggah has been touring the world to discuss ways that smarter cities can reduce carbon footprints and improve public safety. In September he gave one of two keynote addresses to Latin America’s largest city gathering – the Smart Cities Expo. The Expo

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