International Seminar Social Development: a UK-Brazil Dialogue

When, local time: 
Tuesday, 14 July 2015 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
Where: 
Brazil, Brasilia
Type of Event: 
Meeting by Member States or Institutions

This is a high-level event, which is an initiative of the Brazilian Government, by means of its Ministry of Social Development and the President’s General Secretariat, to launch a Bottom-Up Social Development toolkit. The toolkit will contain the methodology of the research Underground Sociabilities, the step-by-step process of the project and the how-to-do-guide on how to implement successful bottom-up social development projects. This will be a concrete tool to influence programme initiatives in Brazil. The toolkit will be launched in a bilingual (Portuguese and English) edition. The event will count on the presence of the ADG/SHS, Nada Al-Nasif.
This is a high-level event, which is an initiative of the Brazilian Government, by means of its Ministry of Social Development and the President’s General Secretariat, to launch a Bottom-Up Social Development toolkit. The toolkit will contain the methodology of the research Underground Sociabilities, the step-by-step process of the project and the how-to-do-guide on how to implement successful bottom-up social development projects. This will be a concrete tool to influence programme initiatives in Brazil. The toolkit will be launched in a bilingual (Portuguese and English) edition. The event will count on the presence of the ADG/SHS, Nada Al-Nasif.
Underground Sociabilities was a research project involving the LSE, UNESCO, two grassroots organisations (AfroReggae and CUFA) and was sponsored by Itaú Social and Itaú Cultural, the charitable foundations of Itaú Bank. The research mapped out routes of socialisation in favela contexts, unpacking the institutional and behavioural determinants of life choices in these communities. The work of local grassroots organisations AfroReggae and CUFA was studied, showing how communities exposed to poverty and segregation can resist social exclusion and generate positive practices of social regeneration. The research also amassed new evidence about what makes bottom up initiatives effective, and how these can make a contribution to re-drawing urban frontiers and establishing new conversations between the state, community action and the private sector.
The research report was launched in two international seminars in Rio de Janeiro (at Cantagalo favela) and London (at the LSE). The seminars were highly successful and brought together a wide range of diverse people and institutions. Together in the same round table, the combined strength of multiple actors was witnessed reflecting on the research and discussing how different contexts can learn from each other. The final report was published as a book by UNESCO. The objectives of the project seek to capitalise on these developments and produce further tangible outputs and policy building.
In 2013, the British government and UNESCO, seeing that this project was a stellar example of bridging community practice with academic research, all with a view to improving innovative and inclusive policy development, sought to develop further a platform for dialogue between multiple stakeholders in the UK, Brazil and other countries in the world, based on the LSE research. Two Seminars were held, in London and in UNESCO HQ, to discuss what Brazil and the UK can teach each other in terms of ground level initiatives that establish new dialogues and joint action between bottom-up works in marginalised communities, the state and private sector.