Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2009
This description of Andre Albuquerque's work was prepared when Andre Albuquerque was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2009.
André has created an innovative mediation process that peaceably resolves land conflicts in major Brazilian cities, while also promoting local development and empowering low-income communities. Terra Nova’s actions produce reasonably prompt resolutions of longstanding conflicts and satisfy all parties involved: squatters can finally acquire formal titles for the land they live on, landowners are compensated for their property losses, and the government is given an alternative to costly and ineffective judicial processes that very rarely produce timely, satisfactory results.
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