BRIEF
Latin American Innovations in Microfinance Technology
Since microfinance is based on small loans with no formal information and no real guarantees, technology plays a key role in lowering transaction costs and increasing profitability. In this Brief,...
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REVIEW
ELLA Expert Review: Extractive Industries and Conflict Management
ELLA Expert Reviews: As part of ongoing efforts to ensure quality in our research and communications, the ELLA team asks recognised experts to conduct reviews of the knowledge materials in...
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BRIEF
Small-scale and Informal Mining: A Big Problem for Latin American States
Small-scale and informal mining became a major issue during the late 1970s and 1980s in Latin America. Extensive and easy-to-exploit mineral deposits, especially gold and gems, attracted the interest of...
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SPOTLIGHT ON KNOWLEDGE
Spotlight on Publications: National Human Rights Institutions in Latin America
Building Democratic Institutions: The Role of National Human Rights Institutions in Good Governance and Human Rights Protection
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REVIEW
ELLA Expert Review: Transparency and Access to Information
ELLA Expert Reviews: As part of ongoing efforts to ensure quality in our research and communications, the ELLA team asks recognised experts to conduct reviews of the knowledge materials in...
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BRIEF
Making Human Rights Real: Two Latin American Experiences in the Rights Based Approach to Policymaking
Human rights are not mere discursive concepts on human dignity. These days, consensus dictates that governments who commit to human rights by ratifying international treaties are also required to implement...
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BRIEF
Rent Distribution and Extractive Industry Conflict: The Latin American Approach
Given the surge in socio-environmental conflicts that extractive industry activity has generated in Latin America, particularly in the last decade, it is only natural that countries in the region have...
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MULTIMEDIA
VIDEO: Citizens Budgets: Spotlight on Guatemala and Venezuela
Latin American governments and civil society organisations (CSOs) are creating and publishing Citizens Budgets as an innovative measure to promote greater accountability, transparency and citizen participation. Citizens Budgets, non-technical documents...
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MULTIMEDIA
VIDEO: Latin America’s Budget Transparency Portals
Several Latin American countries have developed electronic platforms as a mechanism for providing citizens access to budget information. This video showcases some of the main features of the Budget Transparency...
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BRIEF
Brazil’s Efforts to Mitigate the Environmental Impacts of Ethanol Production
Sugarcane cultivation and ethanol production can result in ecosystem damage to the soil, water and atmosphere, all of which cause significant harm to biodiversity and human health. This Brief presents...
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