Observatorio de Favelas do Rio de Janeiro
The Favelas Observatory emerged in 2001 as a program of the Institute of Studies of Labor and Society (IETS), with activities supported by two axes: research and training, initially with a view to producing knowledge that would allow a new look at the favelas and others. Popular spaces. The first project was the University Network of Popular Spaces (RUEP). From this came the Connections of Knowledge, with two thousand scholarship holders in 33 universities across the country. Their goal was to help students of popular origin to stay in college - the biggest challenge after admission. In contrast, young college students would produce research from their places of origin.
In its early years, the Observatory developed a series of works aimed at training local researchers in the communities on the one hand and, on the other, expanding qualified knowledge about favelas and urban phenomena in order to contribute to the break with the dominant view. associating these territories primarily with violence, crime and poverty.
From 2003, due to the progressive expansion of its actions, the Observatory was constituted as an autonomous entity and started to act as a network of formation of community leaders, producing specific knowledge about the popular spaces, also advising innovative actions in the favelas. Cariocas.
Over the years, the Observatory's areas of activity have been defining, expanding and diversifying. Today there are more than 10 projects underway on five fronts: Urban Policies; Education; Communication; Arts and Territory; and Right to Life and Public Safety. Currently, the institution has a group of intellectuals of popular origin and other spaces, which, through their actions, raise a discussion not about the particular dimension of the favela and other popular spaces, but about the city. Thus, we characterize ourselves as a propositional institution, seeking possibilities of building methodologies, social technologies and concepts that contribute to full citizenship and respect for difference.See more