Brazil State of the Cities Report



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Secondary Cities
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Lesson Learned for Cities Alliance Members and Partners
Organization of Events – This required advance preparation in order to ensure broad based participation. Use of alternative communication tools (video- conferences, emails) is recommended. Team Work – A technical coordination team to articulate four proposed pillars (conditions for urbanization, economic development, urban development financing and public management) ensured involvement of experts. General Coordination Team – It is very important to ensure participation of decision makers. A diverse set of institutions representing the General Coordination Team helped achieving a greater integration in the process and resulted into a rich debate on urban conditions of Brazilian cities, as well as the availability of adequate and universal data to support such evaluation. Consolidation of a network to support the project – The process led to building an informal network of experts and institutions.


Over 80% of Brazil’s population lives in the urban areas. These urban areas highly vary not only in terms of its size, population or density but also in terms of the challenges they face. The production of the Brazilian State of the Cities Report is a good opportunity to help understand the present situation of urbanization and inform policy makers for construction of an urban agenda. This activity will focus on the establishment of a set of criteria and indicators upon which a typology of Brazilian cities can be based. Based on this typology, an analysis will be carried out in terms of living conditions, infrastructure and their linkages to crucial issues such as economic production, the distribution of wealth, and public management. The report aims to help Brazilian municipalities to promote inclusive, democratic and sustainable urban model.
The main objective is to provide a comprehensive analysis of the cities of Brazil. Specific objectives include: 1) Constructing a typology for the assessment and classification of cities; 2) Highlight socio-economic and socio-territorial interrelations between urbanization and regional development processes; 3) Evaluate public policies 4) Initiate and coordinate a network for knowledge production on urban issues.
Phase 1 – Selection and classification of research sample: 1. Build a typology of Brazilian cities; 2. Collect existing studies on the subject; 3. Mobilize institutions previously involved in similar and relevant activities; 4. Host a workshop aimed at defining the scope of the research Phase 2 – Assess the state of Brazil’s cities: Carry out an analysis of the research sample, focusing on four main areas: (1) Local economic dynamics; (2) Socio-territorial inclusion and its dimensions; (3) Financing the development of cities; (4) Public administration Phase 3 – Conclusion and dissemination of the report: Writing and publishing the report. The dissemination stage will be initiated at a national seminar. Subsequently, national and regional media will be utilized to reach a broader audience, in addition to regional seminars aimed at regionalizing the results.
Expected Impacts and Results
The report is a result of an intense mobilization and participation effort from many experts and specialists. As part of the process many stakeholders joined the discussion on urban issues, spurring additional research. A diverse team including Ministry of Cities, CAIXA, National Front of Mayors, Brazilian Association of Municipalities, UN-HABITAT, World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank was establish to coordinate the process. This helped enrich the debate and made it possible to include various perspectives on the topic. More than conclusions, the report presented several hypotheses which are expected to contribute to build an agenda for research as well as a policy for the production of information on urban development in Brazilian cities.