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Making Cities in Latin America Smarter

Jaana Remes ˙ ˙ Latin America Advisor

Latin America’s leading cities have a legacy challenge. Population growth has outstripped their ability to deliver infrastructure and services, creating daily stress from issues like gridlock, crime, and pollution. The region’s cities have have to figure out how to deliver more for less. Read more +

What does the new US Education Strategy mean for Latin America?

Sarah Stanton ˙ ˙ PREAL Blog

Thomas Hawk / flickr.com / CC BY-NC 2.0
Delivered to Congress on September 7th, the US Government Strategy on Basic Education is a five-year guiding document to orient and coordinate the work of ten government departments and agencies. The Strategy represents a significant achievement—the first time that there has been an integrated, government-level plan for improving basic education…Read more +

High Rates of Violence Against Women in Latin America Despite Femicide Legislation: Possible Steps Forward

Leonie Rauls, Tamar Ziff ˙ ˙ Voces

Sergio / Flickr / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
In Latin America, violence against women and girls is pervasive and practiced with relative impunity. According to a November 2017 United Nations Development Program Report, Latin America has the highest rate in the world of gender-based sexual violence against women, and in Central America two of every three women killed…Read more +

From Financial Educator to Branch Manager

Keshia Madrigal ˙ ˙ Opportunities for My Community

Cooperativa San Pedro (MICOOPE), Agencia Santa Cruz Barillas
This is a story of success of the Opportunities for My Community Project, which links remittances, education and savings to promote economic and human development in Guatemala.   Jessica Noriega first joined the Opportunities for My Community project as a financial educator. Her work was to provide financial education at Cooperative…Read more +

The High Cost of Tampering with NAFTA

Peter Hakim ˙ ˙ Voces

Presidencia de la República Mexicana / Flickr / CC BY 2.0
After little more than a year of tension-filled talks, US and Mexican negotiators have reached a preliminary agreement that would largely preserve, in both concept and content, the original NAFTA. But for both Mexico and Canada, the uncertain and painful renegotiation of NAFTA comes with high costs beyond the expected economic losses. Resolving the NAFTA dispute will not repair the damage Trump has inflicted on US relations with both Mexico and Canada. Read more +

The Influx of Haitian Migrants in Chile

Camille Preel-Dumas, Tamar Ziff ˙ ˙ Voces

Felipe Salgado / CC BY 2.0 / Flickr
Chile, which has historically received fewer immigrants than its neighboring countries, partly due to its natural Andean “wall,” has recently seen an incredible influx of Haitian migrants. Chile’s migrant population is now 10% Haitian, in close competition with the 12% that is Venezuelan. Why are Haitians choosing Chile in such great numbers, and how has the host country responded?Read more +

Venezuela’s Drone Mystery

Erik Brand ˙ ˙ Latin America Advisor

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has accused leading opposition lawmakers, Colombia’s government and financial backers in the United States of having a role in what Venezuela claims was an attempt to assassinate Maduro and military leaders with armed drones at a public event on Aug. 4. Authorities have made some arrests in the case, but it remains to be proven publicly who orchestrated the attack. What are the biggest takeaways from the drone bomb mystery?Read more +

Peru’s Slow Unwinding

Tamar Ziff, Ben Raderstorf ˙ ˙ Voces

Cesar Jose Honostroza Pariachi / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Peru’s inclination to growth over institutionalization could be seen as a sort of libertarian experiment—getting the state out of the way in a country where economic mismanagement has more than once led to disaster. But, while in the short term Peru has defied research that shows that institutional factors—such as corruption, bureaucratic inefficiency, and lack of trust and satisfaction in government—are consistent structural obstacles to prosperity, cracks are beginning to show. Read more +

Strengthening Human Capital in Guatemala in Partnership with Diaspora Groups

Keshia Madrigal ˙ ˙ Opportunities for My Community

Graduation Ceremony of the B’etil Diploma in El Palmar
Migrants have a strong potential to transform their families and societies; the challenge is harnessing this potential. The Opportunities for My Community project explores practical ways in which various actors, including diaspora groups and remittance companies, can work effectively to support education in Guatemala.Read more +

Fortaleciendo el Capital Humano de Guatemala en Alianza con Grupos de la Diáspora

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Ceremonia de Graduacion del Diploma B'etil, en El Palmar
Los migrantes tienen un fuerte potencial para transformar sus familias y sociedades, el reto es encontrar formas de canalizar este potencial de la mejor manera. El proyecto Oportunidades para mi Comunidad explora formas prácticas en las que diversos actores, incluyendo grupos de diáspora y compañías de remesas, pueden trabajar de manera efectiva para apoyar la educación en Guatemala.Read more +

El Salvador: Tackling Impunity Past and Present

Anna Egas, Michael Camilleri ˙ ˙ Voces

Presidencia El Salvador / Flickr / CC0 1.0
In the two years since the repeal of the amnesty law, El Salvador has taken tentative steps towards establishing accountability for the atrocities of the civil war. Are these nascent advances in transitional justice threatening political stability and exacerbating present-day challenges as critics feared? Alternatively, could seeking accountability for past abuses facilitate efforts to tackle widespread impunity for contemporary crimes?Read more +

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