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2006 - 2010

Good metropolitan governance is essential for the improvement of settlement conditions. Metropolitan governance in Brazil, however, has not kept pace with the country’s urbanization. Increasing populations, a limited capacity to provide services and utilities, and weak mechanisms for coordinating action and planning among municipalities and senior-level governments have hampered efforts to improve living conditions, especially for people living in or moving to informal urban settlements (favelas) and other precarious settlements on the peripheries of Brazil’s metropolitan areas.

Brazil’s Ministry of Cities and the University of British Columbia are jointly leading a four-year project to enhance metropolitan governance in Brazil by facilitating the formation of ‘new public consortia’. The New Public Consortia (NPC) project will contribute to metropolitan governance in Brazil by supporting the development of innovative inter-jurisdictional structures (public consortia) for managing land use and social programmes and policies, stimulating local economies, meeting basic needs, and otherwise improving living conditions in metropolitan areas.


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