Brazil is home to 30 percent of the world’s tropical rainforests, including 60 percent of the Amazon, the largest and most biodiverse tropical rainforest in the world. USAID works to strengthen biodiversity and the conservation of natural resources in designated protected areas and indigenous lands. In collaboration with the Brazilian government, USAID has focused on forest governance, sustainable forest management, and biodiversity conservation. USAID has assisted Brazilian government agencies in the design and implementation of laws and regulations. To advocate for conservation of the Amazon, USAID provides technical assistance and numerous trainings for indigenous groups, civil society, and local government officials. USAID works to introduce effective ways to plan and implement public use of protected areas. In partnership with the Brazilian national park service, ICMBio, USAID, and the U.S. Forest Service provided assistance to create the Terra Rica Trail in Para’s Tapajos National Forest. The trail addresses the importance of tropical forests to local cultures and the value in the diversity of its flora and fauna.
As the Western Hemisphere’s two largest democracies and two largest economies, the United States and Brazil now collaborate as partners to help other countries in need. USAID/Brazil, the first strategic partnership mission to foster trilateral cooperation, has partnered with the government of Brazil to leverage knowledge, expertise, and resources in support of third country development efforts. Trilateral cooperation serves as a mechanism to expand a country’s development accomplishments into third countries, strengthen institutional capacity of partner countries, and optimize regional and cultural affinities. Working towards common development goals, the two countries signed an agreement to enhance joint activities and expand technical cooperation in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. The work focuses on economic development, education, food security, women’s issues, health care, and social inclusion. USAID works closely with the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC) of Brazil’s Ministry of External Relations; the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA); and, the Brazilian Fund for Educational Developmet (FNDE), an entity under Brazil’s Ministry of Education. In Mozambique, Honduras, and Haiti, USAID and the Brazilian Cooperation Agency collaborate to reduce poverty, hunger, and malnutrition through improvements to agricultural productivity nutrition, and food security. These activities are aligned with Feed the Future, a U.S. global hunger and food security initiative. USAID also has a trilateral partnership with the State Secretariat of Security of Rio de Janeiro to promote citizen security activities in El Salvador.
Private corporations contribute significantly to development work, often mobilizing capital resources that surpass international donor efforts. In Brazil, American corporations annually invest millions of dollars annually in socio-economic and environmental projects. They are becoming increasingly aware of their important contribution to achieve development goals through their technological expertise, innovations, and capital resources. Created in 2006, +Unidos Group is a result of a partnership between the U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Brazil and U.S. companies established in Brazil, coordinated by USAID. The Group’s main objectives are to: promote joint initiatives and benefit the Brazilian society trough environmental and socioeconomic projects; stimulate the exchange of experiences and best practices in social investments; in addition to increase the visibility of participant’s social investments. The current board of directors of +Unidos is chaired by the CEO of Motorola Solutions in Brazil together with the United States ambassador in Brazil. The board is also comprised by the director of USAID in Brazil and the CEOs of Burson-Marsteller, Cargill, Citi, Cummins, DOW, GE, IBM, Intel, International Paper, KPMG, Microsoft, PayPal and Qualcomm. +Unidos has its own social investment fund, through which participant companies make collective investments to fund activities and partnership projects, with a focus on education and English teaching. In partnership with the Brazilian Ministry of Education, +Unidos makes available computers, equipment and software for the creation of language laboratories at Brazilian federal universities, participants of the Science without Borders project. In partnership with the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, +Unidos made available online, free-of-charge, English courses, in the basic and intermediate levels, at the platform www.brasilmaisti.com.br.