Brazil | ActionAid UK

Samira, eight, with twin brother Samir in the Maré favela in Rio de Janeiro where they live.

,Lianne Milton/Panos/ActionAid


ActionAid started work in Brazil in 1999 and is now working with over 300,000 people in urban and rural areas. We work to ensure that poor people in Brazil have their right to food and education, and for trade justice. We work to bring about equality in Brazil. 

Brazil is one of the world’s largest economies – but income distribution is far from equitable. 54 million Brazilians live below the poverty line. Less than three per cent of the population controls two thirds of the land available for producing crops in Brazil, yet 60 per cent of farm land remains idle and 4.8 million rural families are landless.

Brazil is one of the few countries in the developing world where HIV prevalence is decreasing, due to their model AIDS programme. It is controversial, however, since it involves bypassing the big drugs firms to produce generic copycat AIDS medicines.

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Child sponsorship in Brazil

Child sponsorship helps entire communities to develop social mobilisation by including young children in activities like capoeira, soccer, dance, karate and digital studies. This approach also attracts the interest of their families to engage in collective activity and increases the awareness of young people in citizen participation.

Equality and development in Brazil

In the urban slum areas of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, we are helping to empower local community organisations. In the rural northeast, we support projects that strengthen the livelihoods of family farmers.

ActionAid works with the landless movement, Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST), to advocate for peasants' rights and to press for land reform. We have helped create a national coalition representing over four million agricultural workers.

We focus on networking, awareness of citizens' rights, strengthening family relationships and solidarity to help Brazillian communities bring themselves out of poverty.


Photo: Lianne Milton/Panos/ActionAid