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Open Cities: The Case of Montevideo

The city of Montevideo was the first city in Latin America to set up an Open Data policy. This work analyses the emergence an evolution of Montevideo's open data policy as well as the early uses of data by civil society, private entrepreneurs and the state itself.... Read More

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Minimum Wage and Informality in Ecuador

This paper studies the relationship between minimum wage and employment in Ecuador. In particular it investigates whether or not, and if so, to what extent changes in the minimum wage influence changes on the formality and informality rates, and the level of wages.... Read More

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Human Rights and Resource Conflicts in the Amazon

This report from Rainforest Foundation Norway investigates an alarming increase in human rights violations in the Amazon region. Human rights defenders, environmental activists and indigenous peoples are facing attacks and are being put under systematic pressure; and rights to land and to consultation are regularly encroached.... Read More

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Microfinance Trends in Latin America and the Caribbean 2008-2013

This report from the Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX) and the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) offers a complete overview of the evolution of the microfinance industry in the LAC region between 2008 and 2013.... Read More

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The Impact of Bolsa Família on Schooling

The authors of this paper estimate the impact of Brazil’s Bolsa Família, one of the largest conditional cash transfer programs in the world, on a range of education outcomes, including school participation, grade progression, grade repetition, and dropout rates.... Read More

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A Land Title is not Enough: Ensuring Sustainable Land Restitution in Colombia

This report from Amnesty International provides a summary of the national and international legal human rights framework that should be underpinning the efforts of the Colombian state to return illegally acquired land to its rightful occupants and examines in detail the many obstacles that land claimants are still facing in their struggle to return home in a sustainable manner. ... Read More

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The Next Global Breadbasket: How Latin America Can Feed the World: A Call to Action for Addressing Challenges & Developing Solutions

Drawing on the knowledge and experience of over 30 partners, including the private sector, academia, multilaterals, and NGOs, this policy paper offers a compelling multi-stakeholder set of issues, recommendations and action items for governments and policy makers, the donor community, farmers, agribusiness, and civil society aimed at supporting global food security.... Read More

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City of Buenos Aires Open Government Data Initiative

This document aims to provide an overview of the Open Government Data initiative in the City of Buenos Aires. This research is part of a broader initiative on Open Government Data policies in local governments in 3 important cities in the Southern Cone of Latin America: Buenos Aires, Montevideo and Sao Paulo.... Read More

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Encouraging Parents' Engagement in Public Education Reform

Against the backdrop of striking teachers shutting down transportation and blocking airports, Mexican legislators are being hailed for approving a set of powerful laws on national education reform.... Read More

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Making Women’s Work Visible: Finance for Rural Women

Women’s World Banking argues that serving rural women in Latin America is important for rural families and viable for financial institutions, but that it will take much more than replicating a loan or savings product that has been successful in an urban setting.... Read More

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Does Participatory Budgeting have an Effect on the Quality of Public Services? The Case of Peru’s Water and Sanitation Sector

Using econometric techniques, complemented by qualitative analysis, the authors of this Working Paper conclude that particpatory budgeting does not achieve an improvement in water and sanitation coverage and service quality in Peru.... Read More

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Lessons Learned from Community Forestry in Latin America and their Relevance for REDD+

This review analyses experiences and key lessons learned over 30 years following the introduction of legal and policy reforms supporting community rights over forests as well as community involvement in the management of forests.... Read More

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Unblocking Bottlenecks to Effective Resource Revenue Management in Peru

Peru’s canon minero program requires distribution of substantial EI tax revenues to regional and local governments, yet social gains are inconsistent across the country. ... Read More

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Violations of Indigenous Peoples' Territorial Rights: The Example of Costa Rica

This study explores the issues of widespread illegal occupation of indigenous lands on a national scale. Approximately 6000 non-indigenous persons are occupying at least 43% of the areas belonging exclusively to indigenous peoples.... Read More

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Green Economy in Amapá State, Brazil: Progress and Perspectives

This report from the International Institute for Environment and Development discusses the opportunities presented by the Amapá State government’s intention to make the transition to a green economy.... Read More

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A New Era in the Fight Against Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon: Opportunities to Improve Policy Effectiveness

This policy brief from the Stockholm Environment Institute looks at why deforestation reduction in Brazil has stalled in recent years and suggests new strategies for decision-makers’ consideration. ... Read More

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Land Governance in Brazil: A Geo-historical Review

This paper from the International Land Coalition examines the paradoxes of land governance in Brazil by putting them into their historical context, highlighting in particular the continuing subordination of peasant farmers’ interests to those of large landholders.... Read More

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Measuring Open Data’s Impact of Brazilian National and Sub-national Budget Transparency Websites and its Impacts on People’s Rights

This exploratory research from the Brazilian Institute for Socioeconomic Studies is designed to contribute to increasing knowledge about open data in Brazil. The research is divided into two stages, namely, a quantitative and a qualitative stage.... Read More

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Measuring Compliance with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights: The Ongoing Challenge of Judicial Independence in Latin America

In this paper, published in the Nordic Journal of Human Rights, Dr. Cecilia Bailliet examines the implementation of resolutions of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights relating to the accountability of the military for human rights violations in Latin America.... Read More

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Policy Options for Agricultural Investments and Governance of Markets: In Support of Small-scale Farmers in Guatemala

This report from Oxfam argues that public policy in Guatemala gives preferential support to large-scale farming investments through tax breaks. The limited support given to small-scale producers in public policy is restricted to issues such as land, credit and the supply of inputs at subsidised prices; it rarely covers productive infrastructure.... Read More