Many poor communities in Brazilian cities are at risk of eviction due to the rising demand for space in urban centers and the onslaught of development projects underway in preparation for upcoming megaevents like the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics (read more on how Brazilian civil society is fighting back in this post).

Last month, at the World Social Forum in Dakar, we met with Bartiria Lima da Costa, president of CONAM, and spoke to her about CONAM’s work on stopping forced evictions in Brazil.  CONAM, which stands for National Confederation of Inhabitants’ Associations (Confederação Nacional das Associações de Moradores), is a network of more than 550 grassroots organizations working on housing rights throughout Brazil. It is also one of the groups behind the Zero Evictions Campaign, a global effort to stop forced evictions by advocating that municipalities declare themselves eviction-free and enact stronger legislation to protect families at risk of losing their homes.

Our conversation with Bartiria follows below (in Portuguese only).  You can also watch other interviews we recorded at the WSF with activists from Zimbabwe, Ghana, Kenya, and Venezuela for more strategies and tactics on how to resist forced evictions.

Visit to learn more about WITNESS’ global campaign on Forced Evictions in the Name of Development.

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