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Brazilian National Development Bank (BNDES) and the financing of South American integration: systems of engineering in the Brazilian-Guiana border

Grant number: 12/06454-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2012
Effective date (End): July 31, 2014
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Geography - Human Geography
Principal Investigator:Fabio Betioli Contel
Grantee:Carolina Polezi
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) is now the most important public bank in Latin America and also globally reknown for the volume and range of its national and international lines of credit. This institution has been instrumental in the recent process of South American integration through funding infrastructure projects seeking to physically join the subcontinent. His performance is significant, since the normative integration and the region's physical condition seems to be crucial for its economic and political integration. The conformation of South America as a consistent block is a subject-matter of extreme importance for Brazil, since the installation of "geographical solidarity" (Santos, 1996) among South American countries can generate complementarities and development opportunities for all the territories involved. For this reason, the economic development of these nations seems to be a fundamental condition for consolidating the democracies of the subcontinent, also increasing citizenship in every corner of the region. Likewise, the implementation of the block can mean greater decision-making power and economic development of South America into the global geopolitical scenario, which would bring leadership to Brazil in the international system, since it has established itself as a leader in the integration process in the region of South America. This research aims to understand how engineering systems financed by BNDES (dams, power transmission networks, highways, waterways, bridges, etc..) have contributed to the physical integration of the subcontinent, and what the main actors, rules, places and financial resources has been involved, through BNDES, in this integration. (AU)

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POLEZI, Carolina. Brazilian National Development Bank (BNDES) and the financing of South American integration: systems of engineering in the brazilian-guiana border. 2014. Master's Dissertation - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH/SBD) São Paulo.

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