Low-income households forced to settle in high risk areas: Brazil

Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, one of the largest favelas in Brazil. © Igor Fernando CC BY-NC 2.0


In Brazil, prime urban land is held by landowners in anticipation of profits through future sales while low-income households settle in areas with limited basic infrastructure and services. Perversely, these poor quality services often come at a high price and are another profit-generating stream in the informal market for water and energy.

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