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IDS Brazil Initiative

With the world’s eighth largest economy, sixth largest population and fifth largest land area, what happens in Brazil matters for development worldwide.

In recent years it has shown its ability to be both a beacon of inspiration and innovation for international development and an exemplar of some of the most severe global threats to sustainability and inclusion.

The Brazil IDS Initiative is a network of partnerships which focus on knowledge sharing, mutual learning and collaboration to develop new approaches to tackling issues such as climate change, poverty and injustice.

Recent work
events series
Brazil in the World
The return of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to the presidency and his announcement that ‘Brazil is back’ has been met with much expectation worldwide. Added to this, Brazil is a key focus for global policy engagement due to its…
06 February 2024
Climate justice, crime and freedom of expression in the Amazon
This is the second in a new series of IDS seminars spotlighting Brazil’s development challenges and global role in the context of the country’s Presidency of the G20 in 2024 and its hosting of COP30 in 2025. Tackling the intersections…
30 January 2024
COP28: A cautious cheer for Brazil’s return
Brazil’s enthusiastic return to this year’s COP - the UN’s annual climate change conference - is welcome but we should interrogate the motivations of powerful players in the government’s broad-based coalition, including agribusiness. There is a danger that these players…
01 December 2023
Embrapa at 50 should be a celebration of its fringe heroines
This year the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) commemorates its 50th anniversary. Embrapa is well know for driving the Brazilian Green Revolution, centred on soybean and the power of science to conquer nature and push through agriculture modernization. This celebration…
11 October 2023
Linking Participation and Economic Advancement
What constitutes meaningful participation in the economic sphere and how it might be enabled? In this project IDS draws upon and expands its rich experience at the forefront of thinking about participation in development, and our emerging work at the…
Building collaboration for action ethnography on care, disability and health policy and administration of public service for women and caretakers of Zika virus affected children in Pernambuco, Brazil
The aim of this project is to promote well-informed dialogue and collaboration between affected groups and service-providers about the biological, social and emotional effects of Zika. The research will pursue an understanding of therapeutic itineraries of affected populations and their…