BRIEFSRecognition of Indigenous Justice in Latin America
Thanks to progressive courts and the pressure of organised indigenous and social movements, Latin American countries are at the forefront of formally acknowledging indigenous justice systems.
BRIEFSGovernment Intervention to Strengthen the Ethanol Sector: Lessons from Brazil
The scale of Brazil’s ethanol production, demand and competitiveness is largely attributable to government initiatives. The varying levels of success of such initiatives can provide interesting lessons for other countries.
BRIEFSLatin America’s Institutional and Regulatory Innovations for Microfinance Growth
Before the 1980s, the microfinance sector was virtually non-existent in Latin America, but now it grows at two-digit rates. How have institutional innovations played a role in this expansion?
BRIEFSDefending Latin America’s Indigenous and Tribal Peoples’ Rights Through Laws and the Courts
In light of the boom in development projects in Latin America, indigenous and tribal peoples have been particularly successful in enforcing their consultation rights by bringing emblematic cases before their...
BRIEFSInstitutionalising Disaster Risk Management: Latin America’s Systems Approach
How are Latin American countries mainstreaming decentralised, democratic and participatory strategies to disaster risk management across public policy? Through a systems approach, the region is making important advances.
BRIEFSCity-level Climate Change Adaptation Strategies: The Case of Quito, Ecuador
The City of Quito is successfully mainstreaming innovative adaptation practices into development planning under a participative management platform. So how has it been possible to push forward these reforms?
BRIEFSLatin American Experience in Combining Disaster Risk Management with Poverty Reduction
Latin American countries are implementing a range of innovative strategies to address the underlying causes of disaster risk, while at the same time promoting social inclusion and productive growth.
BRIEFSExpanding Microfinance in Latin America’s Rural Areas
Rural finance has the potential to help poor people out of poverty, and Latin America has met that challenge in some unique ways.
BRIEFSLatin America’s Rural Family Farmers: Evolutions in Access to Markets and Rural Income Structure
Over time, the rural reality in Latin America has changed, with family farmers now more integrated in markets and significantly less dependent on agriculture for income. What does this mean...
BRIEFSVictims’ Rights in Multicultural Contexts: The Case of Inés Fernández at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights
Through this ground-breaking case, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights set an important precedent: creating reparations for the entire indigenous community in the case of human rights violations against one...