Author(s): Princeton University
Geraldo Julio has been Mayor of Recife since 2012. With one of Brazil’s highest levels of income inequality, Recife also ranks as the world’s 22nd most dangerous city due to high crime rates in the favelas. Mayor Julio heard about the Urban95 initiative after participating in an executive leadership programme on early childhood at Harvard in 2017 with his wife, a paediatric cardiologist. He saw it as an innovative strategy for addressing chronic crime and economic inequality in hard-to-reach areas.