July 2014

The World Cup in Brazil was supposed to be a dream come true. Football returning to its spiritual home. The greatest of sporting honours won on home soil. In reality Brazil’s nightmare began long before the national team’s inauspicious end. With protests against spiralling costs ($12 billion, or 61% of the countries annual education budget) and accusations of corruption, the World Cup opened our eyes to the complex reality of this BRICS nation.

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Towards the end of my Social Innovation Journey in Brazil, during a visit to the Mare favela, I came to appreciate a little of what it means to live under a cloud of violence. The Mare favela is a community divided by rival drug factions who fight for control of territory. As a result young people are immersed in violence and drug trafficking every day.

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