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ELLA Guide and Briefs on Extractive Industry Investment Policies now available in Spanish

We are pleased to announce that the Guide and Briefs on this theme have been translated into Spanish and are now available on the website.... Read More

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ELLA Learning Alliance on Climate Change Adaptation in Semi-arid and Arid Regions - Module 1: Key Issues and Responses in Developing Countries

Based on a wide breadth of experiences with climate change impacts and adaptation strategies, practitioners from Africa, Asia, and Latin America discussed their local climate realities, identifying shared challenges and exploring what could be learned from one another to improve upon current climate change adaptation in semi-arid and arid regions.... Read More

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ELLA Learning Alliance on Climate Change Adaptation in Semi-arid and Arid Regions - Module 2: Strengthening Adaptive Capacity

Based on a wide breadth of experiences with climate change impacts and adaptation strategies, practitioners from Africa, Asia, and Latin America discussed their local climate realities, identifying shared challenges and exploring what could be learned from one another to improve upon current climate change adaptation in semi-arid and arid regions.... Read More

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ELLA Learning Alliance on Climate Change Adaptation in Semi-arid and Arid Regions - Module 3: Long-term Considerations

Based on a wide breadth of experiences with climate change impacts and adaptation strategies, practitioners from Africa, Asia, and Latin America discussed their local climate realities, identifying shared challenges and exploring what could be learned from one another to improve long-term considerations of climate change adaptation in arid and semi-arid lands in developing regions.... Read More

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Growing Greener Cities in Latin America and the Caribbean

This new FAO report – in English and Spanish – looks at the progress that has been made toward realising 'greener cities' in which urban and peri-urban agriculture is recognised by public policy and included in urban development strategies and land-use planning. It is based on the results of a survey in 23 countries and data on 110 cities and municipalities.... Read More

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Introducing the Cities Footprint Project

The City Footprints project focuses on assessing the carbon and water footprints of each municipal government and of each participating city, and on promoting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions and water management measures that contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation respectively.... Read More

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ELLA Learning Alliance on Citizen Oversight - Module 1: Strengthening the Legal Framework to Ensure Transparency and Access to Information

Module 1 of the Learning Alliance on Citizen Oversight discussed howFreedom of Information Acts, regional institutions and civil society initiatives have helped advance the right to information and set strong bases for civil society to work on improving social justice.... Read More

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ELLA Learning Alliance on Citizen Oversight - Module 2: Innovative Measures to Promote Citizen Oversight

Module 2 discussed examples of innovative measures for promoting citizen oversight in Latin America, and participants reflected on how elements of these practices could be replicated in their own countries.... Read More

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ELLA Learning Alliance on Citizen Oversight - Module 3: Improving Government Accountability through Mechanisms for Citizen Participation

Module 3 discussed how Latin American participatory mechanisms have improved government accountability, increased involvement of civil society in decision-making processes and strengthened alliances between citizens and their representatives.... Read More

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Call for Consultancy on State of the Art and Case Studies in Urban Flooding (24-3-2014)

Practical Action requests applications from flooding and disaster risk management experts in Latin America. The proposed study focuses on flooding in urban areas of river basins in the region.... Read More

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ELLA Guide and Briefs on Extractive Industries and Land Use now available in Spanish

We are pleased to announce that the Guide and Briefs on this theme have been translated into Spanish and are now available on the website.... Read More

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Learning from 20 Years of Payments for Ecosystem Services in Costa Rica

In 1996, the tiny country of Costa Rica took bold steps to initiate one of the first nationalised ‘payments for ecosystem services’ (PES) programmes. The programme has grown tremendously, as the first chapter of this paper will show. It has been the envy of many – as well as the target of often undue criticism, as is frequently the case for pioneers.... Read More

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ELLA Learning Alliance on Extractive Industries - Summary: Achieving Responsible Investments

Participants gained knowledge of a range of Latin American experiences of policy and practice that promote responsible investments in extractive industries, to examine the potential for application in their own country contexts.... Read More

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ELLA Learning Alliance on Extractive Industries - Module 1: Land Use Planning and Access

Module 1 of the Learning Alliance on Extractive Industries aimed to share knowledge on a range of issues regarding land use planning and access in the context of extractive industries. Participants exchanged their own perspectives and assessed how such knowledge could be adapted to their own regions.... Read More

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ELLA Learning Alliance on Extractive Industries - Module 2: Environmental Protection and Mitigation

Module 2 of the Learning Alliance on Extractive industries aimed to share knowledge on a range of issues regarding environmental protection and mitigation in the context of extractive industries. participants exchanged their own perspectives and assessed how such knowledge could be adapted to their own regions.... Read More

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ELLA Learning Alliance on Extractive Industries - Module 3: Preventing and Addressing Social Conflicts

Module 3 of the Learning Alliance on Extractive industries (LEA1) aimed to exchange knowledge on a range of issues regarding extractive industries and social conflicts. participants exchanged their own perspectives and assessed how such knowledge could be adapted to their own regions.... Read More

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Improving Social Well-Being Through New Democratic Institutions

Using data from Brazil’s largest cities over the last 20 years, Michael Touchton and Brian Wampler evaluate the role of a new type of democratic institution, participatory budgeting (PB), for improving citizens’ well-being.... Read More

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Conditions for Success in Implementing CCT Programs: Lessons for Asia from Latin America and the Caribbean

This Policy Brief from the Inter-American Development Bank analyses the experience of six Latin American countries and attempts to identify important lessons for countries that have recently started or that are currently considering the introduction of a CCT.... Read More

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Tackling Gender Violence in Latin America

Latin American countries are implementing innovative mechanisms to address different forms of gender violence, including establishing a regional convention, national laws against femicide, programmes aimed at creating safer cities for women and gender observatories.... Read More

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Pursuing a Green Economy: Growth Alongside Environmental Sustainability in Latin America

Latin American countries have been implementing some innovative market incentives to catalyse the expansion of the green economy, in particular in relation to natural resource conservation and development of greener energy and infrastructure. This Guide explores these experiences to identify useful lessons for other regions of the world.... Read More