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Give Directly

This series of pictures was taken in a rural area of Western Kenya, where the NGO Give Directly has been delivering unconditional cash transfers of $1000 to over 4000 poor families and counting. Most of them chose to spend the money on a new, bigger and sturdier house.

Parque de los Pies Descalzos

Medellín’s urban revitalization

In Rio de Janeiro, I learned that the pacification program had been inspired by a similar operation conducted ten years ago in Medellín, then one of the most dangerous cities in the world. But Medellín’s Orion operation was highly controversial as many innocent civilians were caught in the battles between the army and the gangs. […]


São Paulo’s squatted buildings

When visiting São Paulo’s city centre, I stumbled upon a group of families living on the sidewalk of Avenida São João. They were squatting a building nearby, and had been violently expelled a few days before by the police. There’s a shortage of low-cost and social housing in São Paulo, yet many buildings in the […]

New construction in favela Rocinha

Rio de Janeiro, 2012

In 2012 I took a two-month trip to Brazil to look at the social impact of mega-events. Rio de Janeiro’s favelas are particularly affect; several communities have been erased from the map to make way for new infrastructure, and a “pacification” program has been put in place to reclaim the territories from the armed gangs […]