Connect. Co-create. Transform

We dream of a fairer, more prosperous and inclusive society. And we work towards strengthening organizations and networks that promote the collective construction of solutions for sustainability.

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Message from the executive director

Together we transform realities

2018 was a year of celebration and renovation. We were delighted to commemorate Arapyaú’s tenth anniversary, taking advantage of the occasion to reflect upon our essence and our future. We concluded the formation of a new team, full of energy to implement new strategies and projects. We adopted a new logo and a new institutional positioning, summarized in a phrase we find extremely inspiring: we connect diversities to transform realities.

In the South of Bahia Territorial Development Program, we listened to diverse stakeholders in the review of our strategy to strengthen the cocoa chain. We brought together representatives of all the links in the chain — producers, industry, public sector and research centers — to discuss public policy. We work with local governments on measures oriented to driving fiscal balance in the municipalities and implementing a new improvement plan in the education area.

In the Climate Change Program, we worked with the coalition Coalizão BrasilClima, Florestas e Agricultura on the development of 28 proposals on sustainable land use, in a movement oriented to candidates in the elections. In Cities and Territories, we reformulated our strategy based on a survey that listened to 120 public administration managers regarding their major difficulties in municipal administration. And together with RAPS we commemorated the results they achieved in the elections: 149 candidates in the dispute, a total of 26 million votes and 37 leaders elected to state governments and the national congress.

Working together, connecting different perspectives and knowledge, is undoubtedly more complex, but it is also more stimulating and enriching. In this process, we refined our vision, we learned and, more importantly, we leveraged the positive impact we want to have on society. Our profound thanks go to everyone who accompanied us on this journey in 2018.

Andrea Apponi
Executive director

Andrea Apponi

We reaffirmed our conviction that collaboration is the only way to build a world of prosperity and peace.”

2018 Priorities

The strategies and initiatives we focused on in the year.

Support the economic development of the region by boosting and strengthening and the cocoa and chocolate chain.

• Articulating partnerships and strengthening strategic initiatives.

Support initiatives that leverage public authority and local community actions oriented to improving basic municipal education.

• Elaboration of Commitment to Education Plan.
• Construction of the Nova Escola in Serra Grande.

Strengthen governance and the institutional arrangements necessary for the implementation and monitoring of the Regional Development Plan.

• Establishment of the Regional Development Agency

Support the development and application of control, monitoring and inspection tools and mechanisms that promote the sustainable use of the territory and compliance with the law.

• MapBiomas.

Support initiatives that mobilise diverse sectors of society and influence decision makers in the creation and enhancement of public policies related to land use.

• Brazil Climate, Forests and Agriculture Coalition

Elaborate new strategy focused on innovation in public administration.

Political Action for Sustainability Network

Institutional support provided throughout the year:

Centro de Inovação do Cacau, Em Movimento, Escola Superior de Conservação Ambiental e Sustentabilidade, Gove (Muove), Indicação Geográfica, Instituto Clima e Sociedade, Instituto Nossa Ilhéus, Programa Cidades Sustentáveis, Rede de Agroecologia Povos da Mata, Rede de Apoio à Educação and Tabôa - Fortalecimento Comunitário.

South of Bahia Territorial Development Program

We network to promote the bases for the sustainable development of the Cocoa Coast

A new vision
for the future

In the south of Bahia we are helping to consolidate a new vision for development, based on valuing local socioenvironmental assets and heritage. With partners in diverse sectors, we work on questions related to structuring sustainability: economic development, public administration and community entrepreneurship.

We work on three priority fronts: strengthening the cocoa chain, public education and the establishment of a regional development agency..

New School

In Serra Grande, we commemorated the resumption of construction work by the local government on the Integrated Education Integrated and Sustainable Campus, after the release of funding by FNDE. The school, which will provide infant, primary and basic schooling, is under construction.

The design of the secondary school, undertaken by the Arquitetura Cooperativa, received an award from the architectural association Associação Brasileira dos Escritórios de Arquitetura. The campus will house more than 3,000 students from nursery level to secondary and professional vocational education.

Education Support Network

Initiated in 2014, the partnership between the Instituto Natura and the South of Bahia Education Support Network (RAE Polo Sul da Bahia) reached its final year. With the objective of leveraging regional activities in the education area, work was oriented to the formalization and supply of the Education Technical Chambers in two inter-municipal consortiums — the Consórcio Intermunicipal da APA de Pratigi (Ciapra) and the Consórcio de Desenvolvimento Sustentável do Litoral Sul (CDS LS).

The regional plans were validated on a participative basis by the managers of the two territories and each chamber selected a priority action. Ciapra established a partnership with the Santa Cruz State University and the Federal University of Sul da Bahia for the training of teachers in the municipalities in the BaixoSul region of Bahia. CDS LS focused on the question of the technical reserve of teachers and held a discussion forum for 320 participants.

Members of the two technical chambers presented the results of the RAE project in the III Meeting of the Fundação Itaú Social’s Inter-municipal Educational Consortium Network. The groups continue to receive support from this network in 2019.

Cocoa Innovation Centre (CIC)

The CIC provides services to producers to boost the quality of their cocoa beans and promote the development of the fine and premium cocoa markets. In 2018, 2,600 samples of beans were analyzed — more than double the amount of the previous year.

The operation of the Chocolate Laboratory contributed to boosting the institution’s revenue. The Choco Lab offers courses on different culinary practices in which the main ingredient is the cocoa beans from the region. Four courses were held for industry professionals, new manufacturers and students.

Povos da Mata Agro-Ecology Network

The Povos da Mata Network is an organic certification association involving 700 family agricultural producers, producers from agricultural reform settlements, indigenous and quilombola communities. In 2018, the number of families certified by the Participative Guarantee System reached 326.

The number of certifications increased by 63% over the previous year. Povos da Mata worked with TabôaFortalecimentoComunitário in supporting organic cocoa producers.

Tabôa Community Reinforcement

Tabôa is a community foundation that offers credit and training for small entrepreneurs and supports socioenvironmental projects in Uruçuca, Ilhéus and Itacaré. In 2018, it provided donations for 13 community projects.

In the economic area, it granted R$ 129,000 in loans to small entrepreneurs. This enabled the generation or maintenance of 128 jobs. In the Dois Riachões settlement in Ibirapitanga, the average income from cocoa production for producers increased from R$ 771 to R$ 1,800 after the group used credit from Tabôa to adapt its structure for the production of fine cocoa.


The Escola Superior de Conservação Ambiental e Sustentabilidade or Escas(Environmental Conservation and Sustainability School) completed ten years of activities in the south of Bahia. A total of 57 students have graduated from its professional master’s program. In 2018, 12 students were approved. The percentage of professionals from the region among the faculty reached 25%.

Instituto Nossa Ilhéus

Nossa Ilhéus made important headway in relation to the local government: the elaboration of the first Targets Plan for Ilhéus. Provided for under law since 2008 and in the Charter of the Sustainable Cities Program, the plan had still not come into effect.

Implementation will be extended until 2020 and will enable the public to monitor the work done by the municipal government in areas such as healthcare, education and public security.

Climate Change Program

We reinforced initiatives aimed at reconciling economic development and environmental conservation.

for Brazil

Promoting sustainable land use could help make Brazil a global leader in addressing climate change. This is why we work on reinforcing initiatives that drive the country in this direction.

The projects supported in the Climate Change program seek to stimulate the adoption of instruments to combat deforestation and the creation of public policies that promote a low carbon economy.

Collection 3

Launched in August, the third collection of maps presents data for the period from 1985 to 2017. The version is integrated with the information provided by Brazil’s CAR (Rural Environmental Registry) and permits consultation by new territorial categories — such as water basins, conservation units and indigenous lands. Historical data on energy and transportation infrastructure in Brazil were incorporated into the version.

Deforestation Alerts

The alerts system will enable environmental control agencies to more access more precise information about deforestation in all the Brazilian biomes more rapidly. This system incorporates deforestation alerts already in place in the country, validating them with high resolution images.

In 2018, we formed a partnership with IBAMA to produce reports on deforestation alerts already validated by the MapBiomas platform. This will enable the environmental agency to combat deforestation in the country more effectively.

Use of the platform

Cooperation agreements have been established with the Ministry of the Environment, the Sistema Florestal Brasileiro, the Instituto Chico Mendes de Conservação da Biodiversidade, the state environmental entities association Associação Brasileira de Entidades Estaduais de Meio Ambiente, and the municipal environmental entities association Associação Nacional de Órgãos Municipais de Meio Ambiente. In addition to expanding use of the platform, these agreements constitute an important recognition of the credibility of MapBiomas data.


Humanize and the Children`s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) joined the group that finances the project.

The proposals were delivered to the main candidates for the presidency, the state governments and the legislature. They were also presented in events and meetings with leaders from diverse sectors. A hotsite permitted internet users to send messages to the candidates.

RAPS, IDS, Cause and Arapyaú participated in the elaboration of the document.

Capa do documento sobre mudanças climáticas

Document delivered to candidates for the presidency, the state governments and the Legislature

170articles published in the press
410.000people reached via the social networks
3.000copies distributed
Visão 2030 e 2050

The CoalizaçãoBrasil also published the document Visão 2030 - 2050: o Futuro das Florestas e da Agricultura no Brasil (2030 - 2050 Vision: The Future of the Forests and Agriculture in Brazil).. This proposes measures for sustainable land use based on four fronts:

Produce more and better, by means of agricultural and livestock production and silviculture
Create value and generate benefits based on native forests
Put an end to deforestation
Enable State public policies and construct aligned and integrated economic instruments

The 2030-2050 Vision was distributed at the 24th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 24), in Katowice, in Poland.

Cities and Territories Program

We want to create incentives for the adoption of new solutions for sustainability by local governments.

Moment of

Over the last ten years we have participated in an effervescent movement for the construction of more sustainable Brazilian cities. We have helped to create and strengthen organizations that stimulate participative democracy and transparency in public administration. We have fostered the formation of political leaders and the development of long-term municipal agendas. In 2018, we believed it was time to design a new strategy to boost the positive impact of our actions.

Expanding adoption of innovative sustainability solutions by local governments.

InfográficoDevelopment of networks and initiatives that enable changes in the regulatory environment to favour innovation.

Support for initiatives that mobilize society and influence decision makers in sustainability, participative democracy and public administration agendas.

Factors that hinder the adoption of innovation services in local governments:

Limitation of funds/resources for innovation projects
37 percent37,0%
Legislation inappropriate for contracting services
32 percent32,8%
Lack of an innovation culture
16 percent16,0%
Legal insecurity
9 percent9,2%
Lack of specialized technical team
5 percent5,0%

Audience consulted:

Ícone de cédula
120 mayors, department heads and advisors
Ícone de inovação
Specialists in governmental innovation
Ícone de prédios
Entrepreneurs and members of civil society

Source: Plano CDE/Arapyaú research

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RAPS in the 2018 Elections

Candidates in the elections:
26million votes
Candidates elected:
9 percent2
9 percent3
Federal Deputies
37 percent16
State Deputies
9 percent16

In terms of training, 19 leaders graduated from the second edition of the Leader Development Support Program, in partnership with the Fundação Lemann. A module on climate change was developed in partnership with Lemann, Arapyaú and Humanize.

Management and People

We continually enhance internal processes and seek to create a vibrant atmosphere for our team.

A new

Expanding the positive impact of our actions depends as much as on what we undertake with our partners as on our internal processes.
We seek to raise management of the institute to a higher level, with robust processes and a stimulating environment. We are pleased to be able to count on a committed Governance Board and an enthusiastic team — and are very proud of what we are building in this new phase for Arapyaú.

New structure

• We concluded the formation of the institute's new team. The team now comprises 20 people working in São Paulo and in the south of Bahia.

• The fronts of strategic planning, project management and communication now constitute new areas. The creation of a knowledge and advocacy area was approved and will be implemented in 2019.

Project management

• We initiated the implementation of a new methodology. This encompasses the definition, together with our partners, of the results expected and the monitoring indicators for each project. The tracking involves internal meetings on a monthly basis and two assessments with partners: one every six months and the other annually.

• To address these new processes, our team was trained in project management.


• We revitalized our “brand language”, reviewed our positioning and approved a new institutional identity for Arapyaú.

• The institute also introduced a new logo, which reflects its belief in interdependence and in collaboration.


• For the next step, in 2019 we will work on strengthening our institutional voice, making the institute more visible to the press and to opinion formers.

People management

• We implemented a new strategy and programs aimed at talent retention. These address questions such as balance between personal and professional life, flexibility in work routines, enhancing the internal work environment and encouraging collaboration.

• We established quarterly meetings to drive alignment between all the areas. We have implemented individual targets and have started work on developing competencies assessment.

Administrative Financial

• We created a Donation and Partnerships Policy to ensure compliance with all the norms, policies and guidelines in our segment. This incorporates risk management and sets forth rules and criteria for donations of funds and the establishment of partnerships. All employees must formally commit to compliance with the policy.

• We enhanced the financial and budgeting systems, ensuring greater speed and accuracy in analyses. Monthly meetings with the board and managers have been established with a view to underscoring the areas’ responsibilities regarding budgeting.


In 2018, Arapyaú invested
R$ 19,8 million
in initiatives oriented to promoting sustainable development in Brazil.

For 2019, total investment is budgeted at R$ 22,5 million — an increase of 13.6%.

Breakdown of funding by program — in %:

Territorial Development of the South of Bahia
Climate Change
Cities and Territories


Instituto Arapyaú | 2018 Annual Activities Report


Thais Ferraz e Sabrina Fernandes


Cynthia Rosenburg


Bruna Foltran


Coalizão Brasil Clima, Florestas e Agricultura
Instituto Arapyaú

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