Exciting times for philanthropy in Brazil

Barry Knight

During the recent GIFE conference in Brazil (26-30 March), someone turned to me and said that the discussions at the conference reminded him of the United States during the 1960s: optimism, energy, openness to doing things differently, and above all the excitement of living on the cusp of change.

This optimism is well founded. Brazil is not only enjoying rapid economic growth; it is one of the very few countries in the world that is turning the curve on inequality. These successes are tempered by concerns about the environment, stimulated in part by the upcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development – Rio+20 – due to take place in Brazil in June.

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