Viva Rio

Organization's name: Viva Rio
Headquarters address  
Address: Ladeira da Gloria 99 - PARTE - Gloria
Rio de Janeiro
RJ 22211-120
Phone: +55 21 2555-3750
Fax: +55 21 2555-3753
Web site:
Organization type: Non-governmental organization
  • French
  • English
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish


Areas of expertise & Fields of activity:
Economic and Social:
  • Children
  • Citizenship and Governance
  • Climate Change
  • Crime Prevention
  • Culture
  • Development
  • Disarmament
  • Drug Control
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Extreme poverty
  • Family
  • Financing for Development
  • Food
  • Governance
  • Habitat
  • Human Rights
  • Information
  • International Law
  • International Security
  • Justice
  • Labour
  • Media
  • Micro-Credit
  • Minority Rights
  • Peace and Security
  • Population
  • Private Sector
  • Religion
  • Safety
  • Social Development
  • Sports for Peace and Development
  • Statistics
  • Sustainable Development
  • Technical Cooperation
  • Torture
  • Values
  • Volunteerism
  • Water
  • Women
  • Women/gender Equality
  • Youth

Financing for Development:
  • Addressing systemic issues
  • Increasing financial and technical cooperation for development

Gender Issues and Advancement of Women:
  • Capacity building
  • Education and training of women
  • Human rights of women
  • Information and communication technologies
  • Men and boys
  • Millennium Development Goals
  • Policy advice
  • Research
  • Service provision
  • Violence against women
  • Women and HIV/AIDS
  • Women and armed conflict
  • Women and health
  • Women and poverty

Social Development:
  • Conflict
  • Employment
  • Poverty
  • Social policy
  • Technical cooperation
  • Youth

  • Crime and criminal justice statistics
  • Demographic and social surveys
  • Development indicators
  • Household Statistics

Sustainable Development:
  • Biodiversity
  • Capacity-building
  • Climate change
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Freshwater
  • Health
  • Human settlements
  • Information for decision-making and participation
  • Integrated decision-making
  • International law
  • Partnerships
  • Poverty
  • Sanitation
  • Waste (solid)
  • Waste Management
Geographic scope: International
Country of activity:
  • Colombia
  • South Africa
  • Brazil
  • Angola
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • El Salvador
  • Haiti
Millennium Development Goals:
  • Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
  • Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  • Achieve universal primary education
  • Promote gender equality and empower women
  • Reduce child mortality
  • Improve maternal health
  • Develop global partnership for development
Mission statement:
Year established (YYYY): 1993
Year of registration (YYYY): 1994
Organizational structure: Viva Rio has two broad divisions: Management and Projects. Each of them will be detailed below. MANAGEMENT DIVISION The management division is composed by a Board of Directors and an Executive Director, both of them being supported by two smaller bodies: Management / Finance and the Management Commission. The Board of Directors is composed by 20 members from different sectors of civil society, such as businessmen, lawyers, union leaders, community leaders, media owners, journalists, athletes, and others. The Executive Director has the mandate to implement the decisions taken by the Board. There are two special projects under his direct responsibility (Haiti Project and Drugs Policy). The two other bodies are composed by the Executive Director, the four area coordinators and several financial accountants. PROJECTS DIVISION The project division is divided into three main areas: (1) Local Actions; (2) Human Security Program; and (3) Communications. Each area has also its own subdivisions, as shown below. 1. LOCAL ACTIONS Concentration and implementation of human security projects in poor and violent neighborhoods; contribution to the formation of local development platforms, with multiple partnerships, valuing local actors SUB-AREAS: (a) Education, Citizenship and Market Access; (b) Sports and Culture; (c) Gender and Family Planning; (d) Public Security and Mediation; (e) Viva Comunidade; (f) Micro-Credit. 2. HUMAN SECURITY PROGRAM – POLICY-ORIENTED RESEARCH Comprehensive policy-oriented research, training, and knowledge management on human security issues at both local and regional levels. SUB-AREAS: (a) Youth and Armed Violence; (b) Gun Control; (c) Drug Policy; (d) Public Security; (e) Culture of Peace; and (f) Peace Operations (including but not limited to the Haiti Project). 3. COMMUNICATIONS Mobilization and advocacy through public campaigns and new technologies, in the organization’s priority areas and target audiences. SUB-ÁREAS: (a) Viva Favela (; (b) Comunidade Segura (; (c) Press Relations Office; (d) Events.
Number and type of members: There are approximately 600 (six hundred) employees in Viva Rio. About 100 (one hundred) work at the headquarters level (in the city of Rio de Janeiro), with different functions, such as researchers, consultants, analysts, interns, secretaries, and others. The field projects correspond to a much larger area, in which there are about 500 (five hundred) employees, directly linked to Viva Rio, with jobs and tasks as different as teachers, social assistants, psychologists, pedagogues, project coordinators, and others. There are no institutional members (this does not apply in the case of Viva Rio).
Affiliation with NGO networks: “International Network for Small Arms”; “Rede Latino-americana de Policiais e Sociedade Civil""; “Rede Desarma Brasil”; “Coalición LatinoAmericana para la Prevención de la Violencia Armada”; Civil society network to InterAmerican Court of Human Rights
Funding structure:
  • Fees for providing consulting or research services
  • Donations and grants from domestic sources
  • Foreign and international grants
Funding structure other: Apart from grants and donations from domestic and international donors, there are also contracts and/or other specific agreements signed with public and private enterprises, both domestic and international. This corresponds to most of Viva Rio's revenue.

Additional Information

Sustainable Development

Major group affiliation:
  • Scientific and technological communities
  • Business and industry
  • Children and youth
  • Local authorities
  • Women
  • Non-governmental organization
Involvement in UN Partnerships: Yes
If yes, explain in detail: UN-Habitat INITIATIVE: “Rio das Flores: Desastre e Construção” (Rio das Flores: Disaster and Construction). INVOLVEMENT: project ran by Viva Rio YEAR: 1996 INITIATIVE: “Safer Cities Programme” TYPE OF PARTNERSHIP: Viva Rio provides advice to UN-Habitat on how to implement the program. YEAR: 2006-present UNESCO INITIATIVE: “Jogos da Paz” (Games for Peace) TYPE OF PARTNERSHIP: Viva Rio implements the project with support of UNESCO and other partners (Coca Cola, Instituto Ayrton Senna, Instituto Unibanco and Secretaria de Direitos Humanos do Ministério da Justiça) YEAR: 1999 INITIATIVE: “Criança Esperança” (Child Hope) TYPE OF PARTNERSHIP: Viva Rio implements the project. Pedagogical contents are provided by UNESCO. YEAR: 2001-present UNICEF INITIATIVE: Research on the impact of guns on children TYPE OF PARTNERSHIP: Consultancy services, by Viva Rio and Small Arms Survey, to UNICEF (research on eight countries) YEAR: 2007 UN Development Program (UNDP/BCPR) INITIATIVE: Gun control and armed violence TYPE OF PARTNERSHIP: Consultancy services, by Viva Rio, to UNDP/BCPR YEAR: 2006 UN Peacekeeping operation in Haiti - MINUSTAH INITIATIVE: Consultancy on disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former “gang” members TYPE OF PARTNERSHIP: DDR Section of MINUSTAH YEAR: 2004-present World Health Organization (WHO - Haiti) INITIATIVE: The 2007 Demographic Census of Bel Air TYPE OF PARTNERSHIP: Research and data collection (Viva Rio, WHO, University of Kiskeya, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Boston University, CIOpPaz and ISER) YEAR: 2007 General Assembly - Plenary INITIATIVE: UN Conference on the Illicit Trade of Small Arms and Light Weapons INVOLVEMENT: Viva Rio presents part of its campaign “Rio sem Armas” (Rio without weapons) and explains the destruction of 100,000 firearms, with the support of a video YEAR: 2001 INITIATIVE: Collaboration to the initiative of an arms trade treaty, adopted as Res. 61/89 (18 Dec. 2006) – “Towards an arms trade treaty: establishing common international standards for the import, export and transfer of conventional arms” INVOLVEMENT: Viva Rio actively collaborated to the promotion of the UN Arms Trade Treaty, being a member of the ATT Steering Committee. YEAR: 2006 INITIATIVE: UN Resolution 63/23 – “Promoting development through the reduction and prevention of armed violence” (17 Nov 2008) INVOLVEMENT: Viva Rio is part of the NGO core group of the 2006 Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development YEAR: 2008
Affiliation with other organizations: 1) Organization of American States (OAS) (Governance Section) 2) Instituto de Estudos da Religião (ISER) - (Institute for the Study of Religion) 3) United Religions Initiative (URI) 4) World Council of Churches (WCC)
Publications: I. Books, courses and reports 1) Title: “Watching the Neighborhood: An assessment of small arms and ammunition “Grey Transactions” on the borders between Brazil and Paraguay, Bolivia, Uruguay and Argentina” Year: 2006 Autor: Pablo Dreyfus and Antonio Rangel Bandeira Rio de Janeiro: Viva Rio. 2) Title: “Firearms: Protection or Risk? Practical Guidebook” Year: 2005 Authors: Antonio Bandeira and Josephine Bourgois Available at: <> 3) Title: “Children of the Drug Trade: a case study of Children in Organised Armed Violence in Rio de Janeiro” Year: 2003 Author: Luke Dowdney Available at: <> 4) Title: “Polícia, Estado e Sociedade: Práticas e Saberes Latino-Americanos” Year: 2007 Authors: Haydée Caruso, Jacqueline Muniz and Antonio Carlos Carballo Blanco (eds.) 5) Title: “Curso de Aprimoramento da Prática Policial Cidadã: Manual de Elaboração. Programa de Ações em Segurança Pública” PROASP/Viva Rio. Rio de Janeiro: Viva Rio Year: 2005 Author: Luciane Patrício 6) Title: “Indicadores para o monitoramento e avaliação das políticas municipais de segurança pública: uma reflexão a partir de um estudo de caso”. Published in: "Revista Brasileira de Segurança Pública". Fórum Brasileiro de Segurança Pública, ano 2, ed. 3, jul/ago. Rio de Janeiro: Viva Rio Year: 2008 Authors: Ludmila Ribeiro and Luciane Patrício 7) Title: “Inimigo Interior: Desvio de Munição em Uganda e no Brasil”, in Small Arms Survey 2007 – “Guns and the City”. Year: 2007 Authors: James Bevan e Pablo Dreyfus 8) Title: “Small Arms in Rio de Janeiro - The Guns, the Buyback, and the Victims” Year: 2008 Authors: Pablo Dreyfus, Luis Eduardo Guedes, Ben Lessing, Antônio Rangel Bandeira, Marcelo de Sousa Nascimento and Patricia Silveira Rivero II. Magazine 09) Title: Comunidad Segura Good Practices Magazine Year: since May 2008 Frequency: three times a year Available at: <> III. Articles 10) Title: “Controlar a violência armada: Notas sobre o trabalho do Viva Rio”. Published in: Veloso, Fernando (org.). "É possível: Gestão da Segurança Pública e redução da violência". Rio de Janeiro: Contracapa. Year: 2008 Author: Rubem Cesar Fernandes 11) Title: “Segurança para viver: Propostas para uma política de redução da violência entre adolescentes e jovens”. Published in: Novaes, Regina e Paulo Vannucchi (eds.). "Juventude e Sociedade: Trabalho, educação, cultura e participação". São Paulo: Editora Fundação Perseu Abramo. Year: 2003 Author: Rubem Cesar Fernandes 12) Title: “The impact of small arms on children and adolescents in Central America and the Caribbean: a case study of El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago". Panama City: UNICEF. Year: 2007 Author: Daniel Luz 13) Title: “Hacia un tratado internacional de control de transferencias de armas pequeñas y ligeras: una mirada desde el MERCOSUR”. Rio de Janeiro: Viva Rio and SweFOR Year: 2007 Author: Rebeca Pérez