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Christian Aid in Brazil

Our work

Our work in Brazil aims to reduce gender and ethnic inequalities and preserve the environment.

We work with grassroots partners, social movements, churches, faith groups, networks and alliances to increase our impact in communities and improve advocacy work at local, national and international levels.

We work with 15 partners across Brazil. Some of our recent successes include:

Christian Aid partner MST (Landless Workers’ Movement) mobilises landless people in the struggle for land and dignity.

Working across Brazil, MST promotes agricultural production through over 400 cooperatives and campaigns for rural schools, health services, agro-ecological policies, roads and access to inclusive markets. It has helped 350,000 families secure land and a better life.

The Pro-Indigenous Commission of São Paulo (CPI) works with indigenous and quilombola communities, especially in the Amazon and Atlantic rainforests.

They have supported quilombola groups to win rights to the lands they have lived on for generations, defend their land from deforestation and degradation, and uphold their cultural rights.

Gaspar Garcia works with São Paulo’s most vulnerable citizens to ensure they know their rights and can protect them.

In 2012, supported by Christian Aid and the European Union, Gaspar Garcia helped the city’s street vendors to win a landmark case defending their right to work.

Koinonia, meaning fellowship, is a national ecumenical organisation and a fellow member of ACT Alliance. It carries out social and pastoral work on theology, ecumenism, interfaith dialogue, gender equality, HIV and Afro-Brazilian rights.

SADD (Anglican Service on Diaconia and Development) is a service of the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil advocating for the rights of vulnerable communities, mainly women affected by gender-based violence.

For information on more of Christian Aid’s partners in Brazil click on the map below.

Our work focuses on these key areas:

Fair shares in a constrained world

We work with organisations in the Amazon and agricultural areas to help poor people win rights to land, either to protect the forest cultures and communities of indigenous people and quilombolas, or to promote the more sustainable model of smallholder agriculture over agri-business.

We promote greater access to inclusive and sustainable markets for women, indigenous people, quilombolas and smallholders, and work to increase income, services and assets for these groups, whose traditional livelihoods are most precarious because of inequality. This helps them to become resilient to disasters and thrive.

The environment is protected by more diverse production, through stronger market chains, organic and sustainable agricultural practices, alternative energy models, and by the development of non-timber forest products.

Power to change institutions

We work for policy and legal change and have supported partners’ advocacy on issues including land rights, agro ecology alternatives to pesticides, access to markets, the human and environmental impacts of dams, mining and logging, and gender-based violence. We work for the rights of people affected by gender and ethnic inequalities and by infrastructure projects, and to influence Brazil’s external policy on international development and economic investment.

Christian Aid works for a just allocation of public resources and a progressive tax system in Brazil, promoting fairer policies, systems and structures that tackle inequality at an international level and ensure humanitarian assistance is provided in a timely and dignified way.

Because of the scandal of inequality in Brazil, Christian Aid’s global goal of equality for all cuts across all of our work.

Click here to take a closer look at some of our larger and donor-funded projects.

Where we work and who we work with

Click on the map to see the reach of our programme in Brazil and find out more about many of our partners.

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