for Impact

To ensure that cities foster social progress and equality while respecting the limits of nature.

Shared Agenda
for Action

  • Participatory Governance: Strengthen civic participation and citizen-led oversight in urban planning and management.

  • Public Policies and Land Use Planning: Promote public and corporate policies that contribute to making cities inclusive, democratic, and sustainable.

  • Public Spaces: Advocate for the transformation and revitalization of public spaces where diversity, economic inclusion, and cultural expression are treated as essential components of fair and sustainable cities in Latin America and the Caribbean.


Sao Paulo city government adopts public policy involving new tools for citizen participation

More than 40 cities throughout Latin America, including major cities like Sao Paulo, Brazil which has 11 million inhabitants, have adopted ordinances requiring incoming elected city managers to present a government management plan (Plan de Metas) with objective performance goals when taking office. The law also requires that they annually inform citizens of progress toward these goals. Through the adoption of these plans, Avina and its allies have contributed to strengthening democracy and civic participation in municipal governance.


Voices from the Field

Oded Grajew

Marcelo Furtado

Glaucia Barros

Avina in Brazil

Improving the quality of life in Latin American cities through civic engagement

The quality of life for residents of Latin American cities has been improved through citizen engagement and advocacy in the areas of public transportation and the expansion and transformation of public spaces.

Preparing the parklet (mini-park) in the Miraflores district, Lima, Peru.

Principal Allies in 2014