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  • Potential of community land trusts in Rio’s favelas discussed at Lincoln Institute

    Potential of community land trusts in Rio’s favelas discussed at Lincoln Institute

    Catalytic Communities’ Theresa Williamson was welcomed to the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy by Martim O. Smolka, director of the Program on Latin America and the Caribbean, on Nov. 16, 2017. The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Lincoln Institute has for many years helped establish a network for best practices in the establishment of community land trusts, and […]

  • CatComm, the tiny NGO that changed reporting on Rio’s favelas

    CatComm, the tiny NGO that changed reporting on Rio’s favelas

    “Rat kids” digging through garbage. Millions of people squatting “in huts amid sewage and sorrow.” “A world of youth gangs, violent crime and drug dealing” that represents a “no-go zone.” These were among the descriptions of Rio’s favelas that appeared in major global media outlets as the city geared up to host the Olympic Games. […]

  • Helping Rio's favela residents tell their own stories

    Helping Rio’s favela residents tell their own stories

    Theresa Williamson was raised in the Washington, D.C. area by a British father and a Brazilian mother. After coming to Rio de Janeiro to work on her Master’s thesis in City and Regional Planning, she founded Catalytic Communities, which has grown into the essential advocacy and communications NGO working on behalf of Rio’s favelas. In addition […]