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Latin American Innovations in Microfinance Technology
In Latin America, innovations in microfinance come not only from new technology, but by focusing on the people and processes making use of that technology, achieving important advances in scale...
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Small-scale and Informal Mining: A Big Problem for Latin American States
Latin America has experienced substantial growth and transformation in small-scale mining, meaning it is often no longer small or artisanal, but rather characterised by high informality and an increasing potential...
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Making Human Rights Real: Two Latin American Experiences in the Rights Based Approach to Policymaking
Argentina and the Government of Mexico City are implementing innovative administrative and public policy changes to make human rights a reality. Advances in both countries are uneven, though both experiences...
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Rent Distribution and Extractive Industry Conflict: The Latin American Approach
Can rent distribution reduce extractive industries conflict? A focus on the Peruvian case helps highlight how and if these schemes could prove to be effective.
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Brazil’s Efforts to Mitigate the Environmental Impacts of Ethanol Production
As the sustainability of ethanol production continues to be a hot question, Brazilian attempts to improve an environmentally inefficient production process could provide pointers for those dealing with similar challenges...
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Latin America’s National Human Rights Institutions: Fostering Democratic Transitions and Guaranteeing Human Rights
National Human Rights Institutions have played a key role in Latin America’s recent history and democratic transition. They have taken a distinct form in the region compared to the rest...
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From Manual to Mechanical Harvesting: Reducing Environmental Impacts and Increasing Cogeneration Potential
Mechanisation of sugarcane harvesting in Brazil has been shown to decrease environmental impacts and waste, while also increasing efficiency, energy cogeneration and thus sector profits and national energy security. Learning...
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Multi-actor Dialogues for Better Public Policies: Lessons from Latin America
The elaboration of public policy agendas and legislative initiatives through multi-actor dialogues is playing a fundamental role in strengthening democratic practices in Latin American countries. What are some of the...
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Community Participation in IFI-Funded Development Projects: Latin America’s Experience
Throughout Latin America, citizens are using international financial institutions’ own policies to demand greater participation and accountability in the large-scale development projects that affect their communities. Here is one such...
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Indigenous People, Conflict and Extractive Industries: Latin American Approaches
In Latin America, recognising indigenous cultural, land and consultation rights is going a long way towards reducing conflict over extractive industry projects.
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