The Sustainability and Citizenship Networks of Porto Alegre and story of Chocolatão

A report on the innovative  participatory, collaborative multi-partner approach to overcoming inequity and poverty in Brazil's leading participatory democracy city

This report documents the findings of a lengthy research project conducted over a four year period (2012 to 2016) which retrospectively mapped the history of the lengthy preparation process to resettle the Vila Chocolatão community in Porto Alegre, working to uplift the community from poverty and exclusion through decent housing, formal livelihoods, care and education of the communities children and health initiatives as part of the resettlement imperative. The research identifies and documents the partners, processes, aspirations and actions of the multi-sector network group that worked alongside the resettlement through the ‘Vila Chocolatão Social Inclusion project’ from 2005 to 2012. It also presents the model of the cross-sectoral Sustainability and Citizenship networks which grew from this initial work with Chocolatão community and the application of the network model in three other vulnerable communities in Port Alegre; Vila Santo André, Vila Santa Teresinha and Ilhas (2013 - 2016).
The primary research was conducted by Felicity Cahill. Report authors are Elizabeth Ryan and Felicity Cahill. Vania Gonçalves de Souza led the Porto Alegre contribution to the report. The research and report publishing was supported by RMIT University. The report is 120 pages and 7 MB.

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