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New goal for York charity International Service
A GLOBAL charity based in York has launched a new drive urging organisations across the city to help increase development in Brazil.
International Service has relaunched its entire approach to Brazil as part of an overhaul of its work during its 60th year.
The charity, based in Rougier Street, hopes it can benefit from the increased interest in Brazil as the South American country prepares to host next summer’s football World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.
It launched a new report at a Lord Mayor’s breakfast event at the Mansion House on Friday, at an event attended by representatives from the business, university, city council and charity sectors.
The charity hopes more York businesses will explore trade opportunities with Brazil and hopes to establish more partnerships including with universities.
Jo Baker, the charity’s chief executive, and Martin Keat, its international programmes director, outlined new research by expert Jolana Hanusova on behalf the charity.
Mr Keat said in his introduction to the report that many western governments withdrew large-scale support for Brazil following the start of the world economic crisis in 2008, in light of Brazil’s perceived growing success in the recent years. But he said International Service felt its work there was still ongoing and Brazil’s growth had not been evenly distributed.
“There remain large areas of the country where human development indicators suggest standards of living more akin to sub-Saharan African than Western Europe. We remain committed to supporting the people of Brazil to resolve this disparity.”
He said the new report would help the charity determine how it could best operate in Brazil.
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