Listen to expert updates on the key political and economic developments in Brazil from a new podcast from the Wilson Center’s Brazil Institute.
Unpacking Jacarezinho: Policing, Race, and Violence in Brazil
On May 6th, a police operation targeting gang members in Jacarezinho, in Rio de Janeiro, left 28 dead. It was the bloodiest police raid in the city’s history. But police violence is common in Rio’s favelas, with residents—often disproportionately Black and pardo—caught up in conflict between drug traffickers, paramilitary gangs, and the police. On this episode of the Brazil Institute podcast, host Anya Prusa speaks with Ilona Szabó, the co-founder and president of the Igarapé Institute, and a recognized expert on questions of public security, crime, and violence in Brazil.
Giving a Boost to Female Entrepreneurship in Brazil
Fifty percent of entrepreneurs in Brazil are women—but they face an uphill battle to keep their businesses open. Renata Malheiros Henriques, the National Coordinator for Women Entrepreneurship Projects at the Brazilian small business association Sebrae, wants to change this. Under Renata’s leadership, Sebrae launched a country-wide project called Sebrae Delas to support female entrepreneurship and encourage innovation—a mission that has only grown more important as the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately pushes women from the workforce. After the episode, visit www.sebrae.com.br/delasto learn more.
Training the Next Generation of Political Leaders in Brazil
Politics in Brazil has long been criticized for cronyism and outright corruption, but the last few years have seen the rise of a younger group of Brazilian politicians—from across the political spectrum—calling for accountability, ethics, and data-driven policymaking. On this episode, investor and entrepreneur Eduardo Mufarej talks about the organization he co-founded, RenovaBR, to train young leaders for public service and about the push to renew politics in Brazil.
Bolsonaro & Biden: What’s Next for Brazil-US Relations?
President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil will lose a key ideological ally when U.S. President Donald Trump leaves office on January 20th. From climate change to human rights to China, Brazil-US dialogue is likely to undergo a profound shift. On this episode, Sergio Fausto, Executive-Director of the Fernando Henrique Cardoso Foundation, and Nick Zimmerman, former Director of Brazil and the Southern Cone at the National Security Council, discuss what comes next for the relationship.
Elections in the Time of COVID-19: Brazilian Edition
Brazil’s municipal elections are in just two weeks, and more than 145 million Brazilians are expected to go to the polls in 5,569 cities across the county. Earlier this month, we sat down with the President of the Superior Electoral Court, Justice Luís Roberto Barroso, for a socially-distanced conversation about the Court’s efforts to keep voters safe—not only from the coronavirus, but also from the threat of disinformation.
A Transformação Digital da Saúde no Brasil
O Brasil tem um dos maiores mercados de serviços de saúde no mundo. Ele já estava em transformação digital antes do covid-19. Agora, a pandemia criou uma oportunidade para acelerar e aprofundar o uso de tecnologia na área da saúde - da telemedicina à inteligência artificial e big data. Como podemos aprender com essa pandemia e adaptar nossos serviços de saúde as exigências do presente e do futuro?