Both Brazil and India have seen construction binges and tremendous economic growth in recent years, but contrasting fertility rates and access to contraception might determine their future.
Brazilian women's changing roles in society have led to a dramatic decrease in the country's fertility rates.
As the influence of the Roman Catholic Church wanes in Brazil, novelas (TV soap operas) shape views on women's reproductive rights. The birth rate—6 children per woman in 1960—has decreased to 1.9 today.
Elan Gepner, a winner of the 2010 Project Report contest, explores how several NGOs and activists in Brazil are steering the country's impoverished youth away from lives of crime and violence through creative programs.
The chant-like call for Friday's mid-day prayer rings from the loudspeaker, breaking through the humid jungle air. Worshipers file into the shiny, white mosque, chatting in Arabic, Portuguese and Spanish as they take their spots on the soft, blue carpet.
A hush settles over the dome when Sheik Taleb Jomha, the spiritual leader, or imam, enters and climbs to his perch on the altar. He quickly commands the group's attention, leading this community of Muslim Brazilians as they turn towards Mecca and pray.
Reporter: Kris Kitto
Filmmaker: Gabrielle Weiss
Produced by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and Azimuth Media.