Latin America & the Caribbean


How Do Water-Related Diseases Impact Gender Equality ? – An Analysis of Brazil

This paper assesses the linkages between childhood health, water-related diseases and gender equality in Brazil. Due to poor access and quality of water and sanitation services in Brazil, there is a high incidence of water-related diseases among children. In this context, women’s gender roles of caregivers place a heavier burden on their lives as they… Read more “How Do Water-Related Diseases Impact Gender Equality ? – An Analysis of Brazil”

Fostering a Post Extractivist Amazonia Indigenous People in Brazil

This paper attempts to shed a light on socioeconomic and environmental issues involving extractive activities in the Brazilian Amazonia in order to foster sustainability. By doing so, it raises the question of how to increase the role of indigenous and local people in building a sustainable future, shifting from logging and illegal mining in the… Read more “Fostering a Post Extractivist Amazonia Indigenous People in Brazil”

On the Ashes of Guatemalan Congress: Heritage, Memory and Identitarian Contention

After demonstrators set fire to the Legislative Palace on November 2020, the Congress of Guatemala qualified the attack of the National Heritage Monument, “democratic temple” and “belonging to all Guatemalans”, as a loss of historical legacy and a turning point for democracy. Why would a National Heritage Monument, belonging to all citizens, be target of… Read more “On the Ashes of Guatemalan Congress: Heritage, Memory and Identitarian Contention”

Should we Eliminate Child Labour in Mines? Analysing the Case of Potosi, Bolivia

This policy brief studies the case of the Cerro Rico mines in Potosí to analyse child labour, its conditions, roots and evolutions in order to better assess how to eliminate or maybe rethink this specific form of child labour in the mining industry in Bolivia. Considering the reality of child labour in Bolivia, this paper… Read more “Should we Eliminate Child Labour in Mines? Analysing the Case of Potosi, Bolivia”

Migrant Women and Girls from the Northern Triangle and their Journey Through Mexico: A Downward Spiral of Hazards

This paper provides an overview of the context faced by women and girls in each specific Northern Triangle of Central America country (Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador). More specifically, it analyses the reasons behind women and girls’ decisions to leave their countries of origin and the multiple dangers they face during their migratory route through… Read more “Migrant Women and Girls from the Northern Triangle and their Journey Through Mexico: A Downward Spiral of Hazards”

Protecting Women Against Violence and Preventing Femicides – Is Mexico Unwilling or Unable?

Gender-based violence has been a grave issue in Mexico for many years. However, in recent decades the number of femicides committed have increased exponentially. In fact, since 2015 the percentage of femicides has grown by 145%. Mexico has been a member of the Commission of Women since 1930, and has signed and ratified many regional… Read more “Protecting Women Against Violence and Preventing Femicides – Is Mexico Unwilling or Unable?”

“Remain in Mexico”: A Massive Unchecked Violation of the Rights of Asylum-Seekers Under International Law

This article demonstrates the profound impacts of the United States’ Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) or “Remain in Mexico” policy on transitory migration flows through Mexico, on the human rights and lives of asylum-seekers subject to the policy, and on the border communities that receive them. Findings are drawn from reputable data and news sources, information… Read more ““Remain in Mexico”: A Massive Unchecked Violation of the Rights of Asylum-Seekers Under International Law”

Panama: The Imperiled Link in the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor

The Mesoamerican Biological Corridor is a geographic and political project that plays a crucial role in maintaining the biodiversity of the flora and fauna of the western hemisphere. In Panama, this corridor is increasingly threatened due to the country’s growing population and expansion into previously undisturbed environments. Government policy has not done enough to conserve… Read more “Panama: The Imperiled Link in the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor”

Water, Sanitation and Health in Informal Settlements: Health and Community-Based Approaches to Tackle Tuberculosis Among Lima’s Urban Poor

Urbanization worldwide has led to an increasing number of urban poor, often resulting in a surge of informal settlements. Poor living conditions and the lack of water and sanitation services (WSS) have a direct impact on the health of the residents of these settlements. In Lima, major challenges are still faced to improve the health… Read more “Water, Sanitation and Health in Informal Settlements: Health and Community-Based Approaches to Tackle Tuberculosis Among Lima’s Urban Poor”

The differences in the Educational Achievement of Indigenous Students in Guatemalan Primary Schools

This paper analyses the differences in the academic achievement of indigenous and non-indigenous children that attend primary schools in Guatemala. A decomposition procedure suggests that a relatively small portion of the academic achievement gap is explained by the differences in the socioeconomic status of indigenous and non-indigenous families. School attributes such as monolingual education, coverage,… Read more “The differences in the Educational Achievement of Indigenous Students in Guatemalan Primary Schools”

Why Regional Solidarity Is Not Enough: The Need for a Sustainable Solution to the Venezuelan Refugee Exodus.

The Venezuelan refugee crisis has impacted the majority of countries in Latin America. There have been attempts at having a unified and sustainable regional response, but the outcomes have been deficient. Further, the policies and strategies implemented thus far have focused on the short-term results. Accordingly, this paper will explore the regional responses that have… Read more “Why Regional Solidarity Is Not Enough: The Need for a Sustainable Solution to the Venezuelan Refugee Exodus.”

Forgotten Victims: The Issue of Internally Displaced People in Colombia

Since the beginning of the conflict in 1958, Colombia has seen seven million of its population become internally displaced. Far from solving this issue, the peace agreement of 2016 seems to have increased this number. New solutions need to be implemented to ease the crisis. By: Solweig Ogereau-Legay Published on December 3, 2019