International Policy Seminar - Social Development: a Brazil-UK Dialogue
A partnership between UNESCO and the London School of Economics (LSE), this international seminar brings together multiple voices from Brazil and the United Kingdom to discuss how ground level experiences of social development intersect with governments and policy-makers in shaping processes of policy design and implementation.
This dialogue builds on the lessons of LSE research on Underground Sociabilities, a multiple stakeholder research partnership that mapped life trajectories and strategies of bottom-up social development in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.
Since 2009, the LSE and the UNESCO Brasilia Office have led apioneering research partnership studying how grassroots initiatives in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas are using cultural activities, identity and the imagination to regenerate public spheres and construct positive futures for young people at risk of drugs, violence and drug trafficking wars. Through this research the government, academics, international organizations, NGOs, businesses and grassroots activities in Brazil and the United Kingdom, have built the foundations for what is now an innovative and rewarding opportunity for knowledge exchange.
Since the realization of the research, LSE and UNESCO have led a series of international events focusing on the continuing dialogue between government bodies, policy-makers, NGOs, activists, researchers and disenfranchised citizens, and the role of grassroots agencies in bridging the gap.
The UNESCO publication with the results of the research was launched in an International Seminar, at the London School of Economics, in 2012.