Who we are

FASE – the Federation of Organs for Social and Educational Assistance – was founded in 1961. It is a non-profit, non-governmental organization, active today in six of Brazil’s 27 States and headquartered in Rio de Janeiro. Since its inception, it has devoted itself to the grass-roots organization and development of communities and associations.

FASE – the Federation of Organs for Social and Educational Assistance – was founded in 1961. It is a non-profit, non-governmental organization, active today in six of Brazil’s 27 States and headquartered in Rio de Janeiro. Since its inception, it has devoted itself to the grass-roots organization and development of communities and associations.

Through the 1960s, FASE layed the groundwork for promoting associations and cooperatives, but the 1964 military coup forced a realignment of those priorities. Its main focus came to be rank-and-file labor and grass-roots community organizing.

During the 1970s, FASE supported social movements fighting the high cost of living, child labor and economic and social inequalities. It worked alongside peasants in northern Brazil, farmworkers in the northeast, construction and metalworkers’ unions in the southeast and emerging neighborhood associations nationwide. As it supported hundreds of leaders in their education and struggles, FASE entered the 1980s as part of the overall process that brought amnesty, the constituent assembly and direct elections.


Meeting with labor movements in Maniçoba, Garanhuns (PE), in 1976 (Photo: FASE/ Archives)

To promote even more democracy, during the late 1980s and into the 1990s FASE developed educational tools and methodologies focused on community control and civic participation around both urban and rural issues. Themes such as socially and environmentally sustainable development, affirmative action struggles by women, Afro-Brazilian and indigenous peoples’ movements and actions to promote the enforcement of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights came to be trademarks in the struggle against inequality.

With the onset of the 21st Century, FASE moved its work to local, national and international scales to integrate different networks, fora and platforms in opposition to neoliberal policies. In the areas of upholding principles and producing knowledge, FASE has worked jointly with public agencies, monitored projects and collaborated with universities. The results of those ties include dozens of publications in FASE’s magazine Proposta, published since the late 1970s, as well as seminars, courses, lectures and campaigns.

Neste princípio do século XXI, a FASE se lançou na atuação local, nacional e internacional com vistas a integrar redes, fóruns e plataformas, sempre visando derrotar as políticas de caráter neoliberal. No campo da órgãos públicos, monitora projetos e faz parcerias com universidades. Os resultados destas ligações podem ser vistos em dezenas de publicações, na revista periódica Proposta, editada há mais de 35 anos, e em seminários, cursos, palestras e campanhas.

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FASE’s mission is to contribute to building a democratic society that actively promotes alternatives to today’s dominant development model, with environmental justice and universal social, economic, cultural, environmental, civil and political rights as a starting point to achieve the inclusion of that large share of the country’s population still subjected to conditions of inequality, poverty and discrimination.


Progress towards the creation of a political camp that is critical of the dominant approach to development, as a contribution to the collective dispute for a Brazil grounded in substantive democracy and socio-environmental sustainability. Social and political mobilization of Brazilian society is both the necessary condition and the means for the achievement of stronger human rights, of a new agenda for alternatives to the development model, of public policies, through new forms of social control, and of social participation, to change the lives of the majority of the population.


The pursuit of four major causes helps all of FASE’s activities coalesce in its three-year plans, which integrate the work of its teams and provide a more global overview of problems and obstacles raised by Brazil’s dominant development model. The four causes are: The Right to the City with Socio-Environmental Justice; Promotion of Food and Nutritional Sovereignty and Security with Agroecology; Promotion of Environmental Justice with the Defense of the Commons and Territorial Rights; and Organizing Women as Subjects of Rights.


FASE’s administrative and financial offices manage the budget and overall operations out of the national headquarters, along with the Planning Unit (UNIP), responsible for monitoring, evaluating and integrating all planned activities, and the Communications sector. This latter office, in addition to producing and reproducing institutional material, works to support the thematic fora, working groups and networks of which the organization is a member, thus providing a broader account of FASE’s work and its relationships.

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To promote its objectives and causes, FASE also has six regional programs in the States of AmazôniaBahiaEspírito SantoMato GrossoPernambuco and Rio de Janeiro, which do the local implementation of strategies and actions in the Three-Year Plans. They work with the National Advisory Group (GNA), whose function is to integrate local experiences with the national and international dimensions of FASE’s activities. The GNA also alerts the entire organization to emerging issues and feeds into the work of the Executive Board (DIREX), which in turn provides guidance for the group. FASE also contributes to social struggles through its support funds: the Project Analysis and Advisory Sector (SAAP) and the DEMA Fund.

The DIREX is an executive decision-making body, backed up by the Expanded Management Collegiate (CGA). The Statutes and By-Laws also provide for the General Assembly and the Decision-Making Board as governing bodies. In addition, FASE has the National Executive Coordinating Council (CEN), an advisory body which is a key forum to discuss overall guidelines for the organization’s work.


  • Letícia Rangel Tura Diretora Executiva Nacional

  • Evanildo Barbosa da Silva Diretor Executivo Adjunto

  • Jorge Eduardo Durão Assessor da Direx


  • Maureen Santos Coordenadora

  • Aercio Barbosa de Oliveira Assessor

  • Julianna Malerba Assessora

  • Maiana Maia Assessora

  • Maria Emília Pacheco Assessora


  • Claudio Nogueira Coordenador da Comunicação

  • Rosilene Miliotti Assistente de Comunicação


  • Zilea Reznik Assistant of Direx

  • Rui Sá Rodrigues Gerente Administrativo

  • Clara Sanchez Gerente Adjunta

  • Ana Maria Luchi Eliene de Sousa Reisa Nascimento Valéria Falcão Administração


  • Tatiana Dahmer Pereira Presidenta

  • Leilah Landim Assumpção Vice-Presidenta


  • Carlos Bernardo Vainer Jorge Vicente Muñoz Titular


  • Ana Toni Benedito Roberto Barbosa