Population (2018)
210.87 million
Total value of projects
US$ 4,937,472
No. of projects (2014 - 2019)
Total: 5



Infrastructure and services deficit mapped in around 150 informal settlements to orientate public policies.

More than 700 thousand inhabitants benefited from municipal actions in 208 communities in Rio de Janeiro, as a result of data-oriented public policies with a territorial and integrated perspective.


Over 40 municipalities and 1 state in Brazil had their City Prosperity Index (CPI) calculated.

Urban numbers

Urban numbers

8.27 million Brazilians living in risk areas (approximately 9%). However, only 30.6% local governments adopt and implement strategies for disaster risk reduction (2013/2018)

41.4% of the urban population lives in informal and precarious settlements and inadequate housing (2010).

Rio de Janeiro is the 8th most vulnerable city in the world and São Paulo the 12th.

Fabrício Marques Santos, Secretary of Planning, Management and Estate at the State of Alagoas

“Building an official database with quality and disaggregated information on informal settlements in the “grotas” (slums) in Maceió is a challenge that the state of Alagoas needs to overcome. The Quick Participatory Mapping methodology is a major contribution of the project implemented by UN-Habitat in our state. It will provide local public servants with information to promote an evidence-based agenda of public policies in line with the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as their targets and indicators.”

Fabrício Marques Santos, Secretary of Planning, Management and Estate at the State of Alagoas

Donors and partners

Most of the projects in Brazil are technical assistance undertaken through partnerships with municipalities and state governments in a diverse range of urban themes. In many of those projects, academia has an important role on providing evidences through specialised research, collecting data and monitoring indicators; while civil society has been essential to guarantee participatory processes and mobilising groups or communities. Throughout the years, strong relationship with the national government and nationwide organizations has also been crucial to raise awareness and support urban and regional development policies and initiatives on a federal level. Partnerships with the private sector has been important to support social responsibility initiatives and disseminate global agenda.


Governo do Estado de Alagoas
Companhia DE Desenvolvimento


Alain Grimard
International Senior Human Settlements Officer - SHSO
Rio de Janeiro/Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (Brazil and Southern Cone)


  • Valor total de las inversiones de ONU-Habitat (2008-2013): US$ 10,119,166
  • Número total de proyectos de ONU-Hábitat (2008-2013): 8 proyectos
  • Donantes principales: Fundação Vale, Prefeitura da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro (PCRJ), Fundação Euclides da Cunha (FEC), BASF Social Foundation (Germany), MDG Fund (PNUD-España), Brasil, Instituto Pereira Passos, FSADU
  • Asociados: ILO, PNUD, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNIFEM, The Special Secretariat of Policies for Women (SPM), the Special Secretariat for Policies to Promote Racial Equality (SEPPIR), PETROBAS, Universidad de Fluminense (UFF) & FEC, municipios, agencias gubernamentales brasileñas y ministerios