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    Improving the Water Quality of the São Domingos River

    By - 20 de July de 2017, 9:41 am

    By Marcia Maria Silva Casseb

    Catanduva, the capital of Brazil’s ceiling fan industry, is located in the exuberant hinterland of the state of São Paulo and is home to 120,000 people.

    Catanduva is one of the most promising regional economic centers in Northern Sao Paulo, thanks to its bustling service industry and household appliance manufacturing industry. 

    Image: IDB.

    Image: IDB.

    In spite of Catanduva’s booming economy, for decades the city neglected one of its most valuable resources, the São Domingos River.

    The river runs through the city of Catanduva and is part of the region’s most important water basin, the Turvo Grande Basin.

    Until recently, Catanduva poured almost all of its sewage into the river.

    As pollution increased, the vegetation near the banks of the São Domingos River slowly stopped growing. The city urgently needed to find a solution to clean the river and bring it back to life. Read more…

    Fighting Epic Traffic Jams

    By - 6 de July de 2017, 10:17 am

    By Vanesa Ruperez

    Line 4 Eases the Commute to Millions in São Paulo.

    The São Paulo Metropolitan Region encompasses 39 municipalities with a total population of 19 million people. The region contains 10 percent of the Brazilian population and is the fifth largest urban area in the world.

    Home to more than 11 million of the metropolitan region’s residents, the city of São Paulo is one of the most congested cities in the world. Enhancing public transportation systems is a critical priority.

    Until recently, São Paulo’s metro system lacked sufficient capacity and was limited in its coverage, prompting commuters to mostly use buses and private vehicles to the detriment of urban mobility and air quality. Traffic jams during rush hour sometimes extended more than 200 kilometers, according to official estimates. Read more…

    Project in Brazil Shows How to Improve Educational Performance

    By - 27 de June de 2017, 3:18 pm

    By Marcelo Pérez Alfaro

    Students often complain that math is difficult to learn, and for many, it is far from their favorite subject. Improving performance is a considerable challenge because the subject is often not taught in an interesting way and not related to problems relevant to students.

    Educational Performance in Brazil

    Image: iStock.

    The state of São Paulo, Brazil launched the Tem+Matemática initiative to motivate students to improve their math skills, which are considered critical in order to access more complex knowledge and function in society. Read more…

    Tackle the Funding Gap: Expanding Access to Credit for Brazilian Microentrepreneurs

    By - 28 de April de 2017, 9:00 am

    By Helio Bertachini

    Ms. Terezinha runs her own small business selling churrasquinho, a type of steak stick, in Pindamonhangaba, a city in the countryside of São Paulo State, Brazil.

    Terezinha needs credit to grow her business, but until recently her access to credit was very limited.

    access to credit Brazil

    Street market in Brazil. Image: Los viajes del Cangrejo. Creative Commons License.

    Read more…

    The mission

    By - 7 de November de 2014, 7:38 am


    When the movie The Mission came out 28 years ago it was trashed by some critics:

    “Mr. Irons looks saintly and speaks in the cultivated English of the West End theater. Mr. De Niro’s [….] New York accent doesn’t easily fit lines like ”Leave, priest” or ”So me you do not love”. [….] The Indians, about whom the film seems to care so much, are condescended to as mostly smiling, trusting, undifferentiated aspects of Eden – innocents with sweet singing voices and a lot of rhythm.

    As someone who has worked for a long time in the multilateral development bank world, where business trips are called missions, I always knew that – at some point – something good had to come out of a movie with that title. I mean, The Mission was written by the same man who wrote Lawrence of Arabia.

    A recent paper explores the long term effects of the Jesuit missions in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay: Read more…