The theme of the Brazil workshop was similar to that discussed in the preceding workshops in Delhi, India and Johannesburg, South Africa. Participants included Brazilian journalists, intellectuals, academics and businessmen, who discussed the relationship between democracy, and growth, corruption, poverty and innovation. Anne Applebaum, LI’s director of Global Transitions, chaired the panel on democracy and poverty. The discussion was hosted by Simon Schwartzman, president of the Institute for Studies on Labour and Society (IETS).

The workshop included a smaller roundtable discussion at the BRICS Policy Centre in Rio. Adrian Wooldridge, management editor of the Economist, spoke about democratic institutions and the challenges from globalisation. This was followed by insights from India, South Africa, and Brazil, by Eswaran Sridharan (University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India or UPIASI), Michael Spicer (Business Leadership, South Africa) and Adriana Abdenur (BRICS Policy Centre, Brazil).

Representatives from the partner think tanks also met with directors of Rio’s Municipal Olympic Company to understand how Rio is preparing to host the Olympics in 2016, and discuss issues related to local governance and public-private partnerships.

Democracy Works is a partnership between the Legatum Institute and think tanks in South Africa, India and Brazil. The project aims to better understand the relationship between democracy and market capitalism in the developing world.

The first workshop took place in New Delhi in February, followed by a workshop in Johannesburg in March. Conference papers, country papers and the final project report (early 2014) will be available on the Legatum Institute website in due course.