New Education Center Opens in Rio’s Bairro Carioca

New Education Center Opens in Rio’s Bairro Carioca

By George Utley, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A new Nave do Conhecimento (Education Center) was unveiled in May at the Bairro Carioca, an urban renewal project in the Zona Norte (North Zone) of Rio de Janeiro. The center will provide young people with access to various courses including digital literacy, information technology, […]

More Funds for Minha Casa Minha Vida in 2014

More Funds for Minha Casa Minha Vida in 2014

By Maria Lopez Conde, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – President Dilma Rousseff’s government is increasing funding for the landmark Minha Casa Minha Vida (My House My Life) program by R$1 billion in 2014. The move, which will funnel R$15.77 billion into the government-sponsored housing credit initiative, according to O Globo, is an attempt […]

Brazil Infrastructure Spending Slows

Brazil Infrastructure Spending Slows

By Maria Lopez Conde, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The Brazilian government has spent only 17.6 percent of the R$130.4 billion authorized for investments in the country in the federal budget this year, according to a report from the National Treasury. This is less than during the first four months of last year, […]

More Minha Casa Minha Vida Fraud: Daily

More Minha Casa Minha Vida Fraud: Daily

By Chesney Hearst, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Allegations of fraud continue in Brazil as some low income familes in the northern state of Pará remain without the homes they were promised after registering for the major government public housing program, Minha Casa Minha Vida (My House My Life). Problems have been reported […]

Minha Casa Minha Vida’s Two Fatal Flaws

Opinion, by Anna Kaiser RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Minha Casa Minha Vida, Brazil’s flagship public housing program, attempts to provide housing to mid-low income Brazilians. While the goal of the program is admirable, in practice this endeavor seems to be doomed by a system of corruption, inefficiency and bureaucracy. With a R$72 billion (US$36 […]

Rousseff Works for Wealth Equality: Daily

Rousseff Works for Wealth Equality: Daily

By Esmee Verbeek, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – At a meeting for the Brazilian federal government’s program “Minha Casa, Minha Vida” (My House, My Life) yesterday, President Dilma Rousseff proclaimed that, in contrary to many “developed” countries, Brazil’s income equality is improving. The president said “Brazil is [going] counter-current, sees the importance of […]

Scandals Taint Progress in Região Serrana

Scandals Taint Progress in Região Serrana

By Brennan Stark, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The terrible tragedy of Região Serrana in early January this year has, unfortunately, been further tainted with allegations of corruption and the diverting of disaster relief funds into private pockets. Former councilman Odenir Cardoso Moreira, better known as “Quincas,” is currently being investigated by the […]

Minha Casa, Minha Vida Phase Two

Minha Casa, Minha Vida Phase Two

By Patricia Maresch, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s housing plan, Minha Casa, Minha Vida (My Home, My Life) is entering its second phase, and aims to build 2,000,000 homes before 2014 for low income families. “Launching this new phase marks a special moment,” President Dilma Rousseff said. “Building a house is […]

Minha Casa Minha Vida Development

Minha Casa Minha Vida Development

By Samuel Elliott Novacich, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Minha Casa Minha Vida (My House My Life) the massive public housing campaign launched by the Brazilian Federal Government in March of 2009, has been kicked into overdrive. Originally showcased with a federal subsidy of R$34 billion and a plan of building one million […]