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Igarapé Institute


The Igarapé Institute is an independent think and do tank devoted to integrating security, justice and development agendas. The Institute’s goal is to propose innovative solutions to complex social challenges through research, new technologies, influence in public policies and articulation. The Institute currently works with 5 overarching themes: (i) national and global drug policies; (ii) citizen security; (iii) building peace; (iv) safer cities; and (v) cybersecurity. We are a non-profit, independent and nonpartisan institute, headquartered in Rio de Janeiro but transcending local, national and regional boundaries through our work. Crucially, the Igarapé Institute is connected to a wide ecosystem of organizations and agencies from Brazil and around the world. The word Igarapé, in Tupi, means “the way of the canoe”. Igarapés are small rivers or canals, common in the Amazon, which provide vital connections for travelers and facilitate trade and communications.
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