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New Grants


Centro Ecologico (CE), $347,400 over three years; counterpart committed, $281,800.

CE will train 300 farmers in Rio Grande do Sul to diversify and expand organic production, including by inter-cropping native trees; provide related technical assistance; and help the farmers further develop their cooperatives’ processing facilities. (BR-869)


Center for Digital Inclusion Amâzonia (CDI), $175,420 over 18 months; counterpart committed, $273,790.

CDI Amazônia will offer hands-on training in refurbishing computers, build upon its campaign to promote awareness of e-waste, add more collection points for e-waste and develop its enterprise that sells reconditioned computers. Its work, which will reach the area served by CDI Pará as well, will benefit 480 Brazilians directly and 1,050 indirectly. (BR-870)

Instituto Fazer Acontecer (IFA), $209,030 over three years; counterpart committed, $301,695.

IFA, which uses sports to spur community development, will organize training for educators, educational activities for young Brazilians in rural Bahia and forums on sports in education and the social impact of the World Cup and Olympics. Activities will benefit 1,610 Brazilians directly and another 10,000 indirectly. (BR-871)

Centro de Tecnologias Alternativas Populares (CETAP), $280,935 over three years; counterpart committed, $322,112.

CETAP expects to improve the production and marketing of organic produce grown by farmers resettled in northwestern Rio Grande do Sul pursuant to Brazil’s program of land reform. It will connect these farmers to urban groups interested in processing the produce for sale. A total of 2,500 Brazilians in both cohorts should improve their income. (BR-872)

Associação de Desenvolvimento Comunitário de Batayporã (ADEPORã), $87,500 over two years; counterpart committed, $132,350.

ADEPORã will work with farmers resettled in Batayporã, Mato Grosso do Sul, as a result of land reform, to plant community gardens in idle or degraded areas, and organize a cooperative that supplies wholesalers, school lunch programs and government agencies that distribute food to the poor. Approximately 500 rural families as well as local schools and markets will benefit from increased availability of food. (BR-873)

Associação de Cooperação Técnica para o Desenvolvimento Humano–Outro Olhar (OUTRO OLHAR), $301,890 over three years; counterpart committed, $304,600.

Outro Olhar will work with the Popyguá Solidarity Network, composed of representatives of indigenous Guarani communities Santa Catarina and Paraná, to develop microenterprises, improve infrastructure, record oral history, preserve the environment and reduce dependency on public assistance. Some 300 Guarani will benefit directly. (BR-874)

Associação dos Remanescentes do Quilombo de Pombal (ARQP), $285,350 over three years; counterpart committed, $462,230.

ARQP will work with 160 Afro-Brazilian farmers resettled through land reform in São Tiago, municipality of Santa Rita do Novo Destino, state of Goiás, to develop the association’s fund for farm equipment and to launch a cooperative that buys produce to sell in volume. (BR-875)

A Casa Verde Cultura e Meio Ambiente (Casa Verde), $307,780 over three years; counterpart committed, $739,624.

Casa Verde will work with quilombola communities and farmers resettled pursuant to land reform, to improve production, reinforce traditional practices and preserve biodiversity in the states of Goiás, Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul. Some 1,000 families should benefit directly and another 3,500 indirectly. (BR-877)

Geledés Instituto da Mulher Negra (Geledés), $161,500 over three years; counterpart committed, $393,530.

Geledés will train 120 Afro-Brazilian women from marginalized neighborhoods in São Paulo to provide information on domestic violence, health care, the judicial system and the availability of legal services to victims of discrimination based on gender or race or on other violations of basic civil rights. (BR-878)

Cooperativa de Agricultores Ecológicos do Portal da Amazônia (Cooperagrepa), $43,000 over one year; counterpart committed, $29,500.

Cooperagrepa will develop a plan to organize farmers in municipalities in northern Mato Grosso and assist with their production and marketing of native fruits and vegetables certified as organic. (BR-879)

Supplemental Grants

Centro Nordestino de Medicina Popular (CNMP), $15,800; counterpart committed, $970.

CNMP organized a regional seminar for representatives of Northeastern communities in which it has worked to reduce health risks, encourage civic engagement and develop alternative sources of income. Topics included support for ongoing activities. (BR-835-A3)

Centro de Apoio Sócio-Ambiental (CASA), $48,045; counterpart committed, $236,047.

Parallel to the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), CASA organized a workshop for 40 representatives of grassroots groups to debate issues raised, share experiences and use social media to create an online community that continues the exchanges beyond the conference. (BR-846-1)

Federação de Instituições Beneficentes (FIB), $126,335; counterpart committed, $200,325.

FIB will conduct four workshops on its training for women construction workers, directed at representatives of civil society, government and businesses in the state of Rio de Janeiro; will develop an online database to improve its graduates’ employment rate with construction companies; and will produce a publication on its Projeto Mão na Massa. (BR-855-2)

Fundação de Defesa dos Direitos Humanos Margarida Maria Alves (FDDHMMA), $55,930; counterpart committed, $42,690.

FDDHMMA will include mediation in its course for legal specialists, extend training into communities in rural Paraíba and continue to offer the full course in the city of João Pessoa. (BR-861-A1)

E-Waste: The Next Wave for Recycling

According to the Brazil Quarterly PC Tracker for 2011, Brazilians purchase more than 8.5 million personal computers annually and their country leads the world’s emerging economies in the production of e-waste—the electronic devices and parts that are abandoned as they wear out, become obsolete or are simply displaced by ever more powerful models. The presence of lead and other toxins makes the accumulation of unattended e-waste a serious hazard for the environment and for human health.

The Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI), headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, is a pioneer in the movement that has expanded access to digital technologies and applications. Founded in 1995, the organization now encompasses a network of 816 autonomous, worker-managed centers located in communities across Latin America. For more than 10 years, CDI’s affiliate in the state of Amazonas, the Center for Digital Inclusion Amazônia (CDI Amazônia), has used information technology to spark community engagement in grassroots development. It has support from schools and local businesses as well as the British nonprofit Computer Aid International and the Brazilian subsidiaries of Coca Cola, Royal Phillips Electronics and Microsoft. These partnerships have resulted in an annual “Responsible Discard” week that raises awareness of e-waste and includes massive drives to collect materials.

More recently, CDI Amazônia began specifically addressing the danger of e-waste in Manaus, and, with its IAF award, will take recycling to a new level by training young people in the safe reuse of the materials, and, through its current partners and the Manaus Free Trade Zone, will help the trained workers find employment. The award will also finance more e-waste collection points in Amazonas, the continuation of “Responsible Discard” week and the development of CDI Amazônia’s enterprise that sells reconditioned computers. These creative solutions will be shared with CDI Pará, which recently introduced the recycling of e-waste. CDI Pará has 26 centers in 11 municipalities of the neighboring state, which offer basic health services along with training in information technology and library management to more than 22,000 Brazilians. The IAF’s award to CDI Amazônia will allow residents of Pará to learn to recycle e-waste into handicrafts and to launch a campaign to promote public awareness.

While the IAF has a solid history with community-based recycling, CDI Amazônia’s initiative that incorporates a new target population and different materials represents the next wave. Legislation passed in July 2011 anticipates the professionalization of traditional Brazilian waste pickers, a critical juncture in the recycling movement that coincides with the need to manage e-waste.

Amy Kirschenbaum, IAF representative