Analysis

Clean Energy Auctions in Latin America

Long-term power supply auctions are an increasingly popular instrument worldwide for attracting renewable energy investment while cutting prices, increasing energy security, and reducing emissions. Latin America has been at the forefront of using auctions to boost renewable energy capacity. This study analyzes design and outcomes of government-led long-term power auctions with participation from non-conventional renewable sources in six countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, and Jamaica) since 2015.

Lisa Viscidi, Ariel Yépez-García

Reports ˙ ˙ Inter-American Development Bank

Turmoil in South America and the Impact on Energy Markets

2019 has been a tumultuous year for South America. In recent months, mass protests have swept across several countries, including major oil and gas producers Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, and Colombia. Continued political and social turbulence will likely contribute to stagnant oil and gas production growth in these countries. Conversely, Brazil and Guyana are on track to become the region’s largest sources of supply growth.

Lisa Viscidi

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Istituto Affari Internazionali

Editor’s Picks: Top Content from the Latin America Advisor 2019

Top selections from the Latin America Advisor’s editorial staff of issues covering especially important developments during 2019, a remarkable year for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Erik Brand, Gene Kuleta, Anastasia Chacón González

Latin America Advisor ˙

Perú: Informe de Progreso de Políticas de Primera Infancia

Perú ha avanzado significativamente en los marcos normativos para proveer una mejora en el desarrollo infantil, pero aún hay brechas importantes por superar. A continuación se presenta el informe sobre políticas públicas de primera infancia en Perú.

Gabriela Guerrero, GRADE, Diálogo Interamericano

Reports ˙ ˙ Descargue el Informe

Presentation to Elcano Institute: Clean Energy Auctions in Latin America

Lisa Viscidi, director of the Energy, Climate Change and Extractive Industries Program, gave a presentation to the Energy Working Group of the El Encano Institute on clean energy auctions in Latin America and how their intelligent design could benefit other countries in the region. 

Lisa Viscidi

Presentations ˙

Nearing the Tipping Point: Drivers of Deforestation in the Amazon Region

The largest tropical rainforest on the planet, the Amazon plays a critical role as a storehouse of carbon and mediator of the global water cycle and holds a greater share of the world’s known biodiversity than any other ecosystem. However, unchecked development is placing the Amazon under threat, pushing deforestation rates to near-record levels throughout the region.

Matt Piotrowski, Enrique Ortiz

Reports ˙

An Interview with Alan Garcia by Michael Shifter

On April 17, Alan Garcia, Peru’s two-time president from the APRA party, committed suicide at his home in Lima before being detained by police. Garcia was a controversial figure for much of his career. Just days before the second round of the 2006 elections, Michael Shifter, who had lived and worked in Lima for four years during Garcia’s first term, conducted a revealing and wide-ranging interview with the Peruvian president at his home that ran in The Washington Post.

Michael Shifter

Interviews ˙ ˙ The Washington Post

Peruvian opposition leader Keiko Fujimori was arrested on Oct. 10. // Photo: TV Perú.

How Well Is Peru’s Gov’t Fighting Corruption?

What does the arrest of Peruvian opposition leader Keiko Fujimori mean for the country’s politics?

Katya Salazar, Francisco Durand, Julio Carrión, Augusto Álvarez-Rodrich

Latin America Advisor ˙

Peru: The State of Teacher Policies

What is the state of the teaching profession in Peru? A new report analyzes challenges and opportunities for teacher policies in the country.

Ricardo Cuenca, Julio César Vargas Castro

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Can Trump Succeed at the Summit of the Americas?

Before the president’s trip to Lima—his first to the region—the administration should take a close look at why US credibility in Latin America is at historic lows.

Ben Raderstorf

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ The New York Times

Video

Peruvian Politics Under Strain

A year and a half into his term, President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s government is in crisis over revelations that the president accepted payments connected to the Odebrecht corruption scandal.

Luis Carlos Battista

Event Summaries ˙

La atención a la primera infancia en Perú

Ariel Fiszbein, director del Programa de Educación, habla sobre los avances y retos de la atención a la primera infancia en Perú.

Ariel Fiszbein

Interviews ˙ ˙ Iniciativa de Inversión en la Infancia

Private Roundtable with Ricardo Luna

The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a private roundtable event featuring Ricardo Luna, the Peruvian Minister of Foreign Relations. The discussion highlighted the Minister’s position on the best way for the international community to handle the crisis in Venezuela and how to confront infrastructural-based corruption throughout Latin America. Minister Luna also addressed some of the upcoming plans his government has in its preparation to host the eighth Summit of the Americas next March in Lima.

Alex Sadler

Event Summaries ˙

What Does Latin America’s Shift to the Right Mean for the Energy Sector?

At a breakfast meeting with members of the Inter-American Dialogue’s Energy and Resources Committee, Michael Reid, The Economist’s senior Latin America editor and author of the “Bello” column, discussed why he thinks the region is shifting to the right.

Lisa Viscidi

Event Summaries ˙