Eliana de Souza e Silva is the Director of the NGO “Redes de Desenvovimento da Maré” (Mare’s Development Network) and of the Division for Community and University Integration at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). By establishing resident-run institutions designed to create active citizen groups, Eliana and her team have helped create mechanisms to provide quality educational and job opportunities to largely uneducated and working class residents living in the Maré favela complex. She has also coordinated large campaigns on security awareness to Maré residents and conducted several studies on community perceptions of security and policing. In her book Testemunhos da Maré (Maré’s testimonies), Eliana analyses police actions in Maré during the past 15 years - an account that is enriched by her own professional and life experiences growing up in the complex and being active in development strategies from an early age. Dr. Sousa served as president of the community association of Nova Holanda and founded several intuitions in Maré throughout her work years. She earned her PhD in Social Service from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC Rio) and is a member of the Ashoka foundation.
This presentation was presented during CDDRL's Program on Poverty and Governance's 2015 conference, "Educational and Entrepreneurial Initiatives to Support Youth in Places of Violence." The conference was held on April 28-29, 2015, at Stanford University.
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