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Opinion, by Michael D. Kerlin

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Government agencies, private businesses, and secular non-governmental organizations are all chipping in to the development and pacification in Rio’s favelas. These organizations have been spending huge sums of money, with noble aspirations. At the end of last year, the Rio state government announced R$2.2 billion in upcoming state and federal grants and loans for favela urbanization.

NGOs like Viva Rio are investing millions of reais in human security, communication, and community action, targeted primarily at favelas. Banco Itaú and Banco Santander have been opening branches and automatic . . .

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