Brazil has the largest economy in Latin America, but at the same time, its poverty rate remains high. According to the official statistics agency, in 2021, Brazil had over 62 million people experiencing poverty and almost 20 million enduring extreme poverty. Can science, innovation, and technology help reduce the inequality gap? We asked that question to one of the most brilliant minds in Brazil’s scientific community, based in Brasilia.
Brasilia is the capital of Brazil, the largest county in Latin America. We’ve been talking about science and technology. How they can help fight poverty, but our next story is about improving the quality of life with a strong sense of community. Miuda Valls has the story of how one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the region transformed into an oasis of sustainability and innovation.
Latin America has seen a wave of political instability lately, with violent street protests like those here in Brasilia in early 2023. There have also been fierce confrontations between presidents and legislature. What happens to countries when a president is fighting for survival and political friction interferes with his ability to rule? I recently interviewed the Ecuador VP, and he told me this.