South of Bahia

The Arapyaú Institute aims to make the South of Bahia a reference in sustainable development, with the reduction of inequality through the valorization of its potentialities and vocations.

Ever since it was created, in 2008, the Arapyaú acts in networks with many partners, the community and public power. It focuses on actions on Itacaré, Uruçuca, Ilhéus, Itabuna, Una and Canvieiras.



Support the region’s economic development by reinforcing and boosting the cocoa and chocolate chain.


Foster social entrepreneurship through the offer of financial services, training and support for socioenvironmental projects


Support initiatives that leverage public administration and local community actions aimed at improving basic municipal education.


Support initiatives that strengthen public administrators and civil society in promoting efficiency in public administration.


Strengthen governance and the institutional arrangements necessary to implement and monitor the Regional Development Plan.