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Viva Rio

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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

  • Statistics:
  • 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
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Angola
  • Haiti
  • El Salvador
  • Jamaica
  • South Africa
  • 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:
    Year of registration: 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 (www.vivafavela.com.br); (b) Comunidade Segura (www.comunidadsegura.org.br); (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.
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