Manoel Eduardo Alves Camargo E Gomes
Fellow Since 1989
Felippe, Gomes&Isfer Adv. E Consultores Associados
This profile was prepared when Manoel Eduardo Alves Camargo e Gomes was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1989.
The New Idea
Manoel Eduardo wants to strengthen Brazil's new democracy very directly -- by helping its citizens and their organizations learn how to play a bigger, more active controlling role. Many of the mechanisms that should allow them to do so are in place, and many more have been added by the new constitution. However, until Brazilians learn how to use these tools, and become accustomed to the process, neither the tools nor democracy will be secure.Manoel Eduardo's planned organization, the Center of Studies on Participation and Popular Control, will teach citizens about democratic processes such as judicial appeal and the right to petition the legislature and expect a timely reply. It will identify governmental job openings, and it will help the groups take advantage of them. Such help will include technical assistance, e.g., in drawing up any papers the process may require. The Center will also work to educate the various branches of government and the press about the importance of these vehicles for citizen control. Finally, it will help identify opportunities to further strengthen these means of access and will encourage their adoption.