Fellows by Category

Organization: Vitae Civilis

Rubens is building powerful networks and coalitions of civil society organizations addressing major issues of environmental protection and sustainable development in Brazil. His work is helping those organizations gain greater voice in national and international deliberations and enabling them to play more productive roles in translating international environmental accords and environment-...

Organization: Oficina Municipal

José Mario is improving local governance by promoting communication between community leaders working across government, private, and civil society sectors.  By creating dialogue where there was none before, José Mario is building a system of governance that functions more efficiently and more accurately represents and serves the public. Through tailored workshops that train...

Jaílson de Souza e Silva grew up in one of Rio de Janeiro’s infamous slums, or favelas, is working to link academic research on slum life to the many plans and policies that try to improve slum conditions.

Organization: Imaflora

Luis Fernando created the first unified agriculture certification system in Brazil and the world’s first certification standard for sugarcane to promote responsible agricultural practices. He is now sharing his success cases and partnering with key public and private actors to tackle deforestation in Brazil and beyond.

Through the Instituto Sou da Paz (I’m for Peace Institute), Denis Mizne supports the disarmament of the population, the democratization of schools, and the improvement of police institutions in Brazil’s most impoverished regions, where the high rate of criminality is fed by the arms trade. Through campaigns and citizen mobilization, Denis influences public policy related to security at the...

Lucia Nader is working to hold the Brazilian government accountable for its foreign policy regarding human rights, and is breaking a long history of South-South complicity of inaction and supposed neutrality.

Organization: CEDHUR - Centro de Defesa dos Direitos Humanos dos Refugiados

Manuel Fernando Ngury, an Angolan refugee, is bringing visibility and rights to thousands of refugees and immigrants in Brazil.

Organization: CFEMEA

For more than twenty years, Guacira de Oliveira has played an important role in designing and guaranteeing women’s rights in Brazil’s Constitution. She now works to secure social justice for women by teaching social movements and organizations how to monitor public expenditures, ensuring their resources are used to address priorities.

Carlos Alberto “Beto” Ricardo has been a staunch defender of environmental and indigenous rights for the past 35 years. Beto is spearheading a socioenvironmental development approach in Brazil, which brings the traditional knowledge and wisdom of indigenous groups to the forefront and entrenches their rights through public policy changes and economic undertakings.

Organization: Grupo Matizes

Having secured the legal foundation for the human rights of the LGBT community through judicialization, Marinalva is now reinforcing mainstream support of the LGBT community in public life and at home.

Organization: Canto Jovem

André Sobrinho brings young people into the political process by training them to participate in the government councils making the public policy decisions that affect them. By ensuring that the councils reflect Brazil’s diversity and respond to the needs of youth, he is making government more participatory and responsive.

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