Latin America & the Caribbean

In Latin America and the Caribbean, CIPE programs have been empowering citizens with the insight and skills needed to participate in the political process and address key democratic challenges. CIPE has helped youth to understand the importance of democracy and a market economy and to acquire the skills necessary for becoming successful leaders and entrepreneurs in their communities. Online platforms have become a powerful tool for CIPE partners to convey vital information and galvanize dialogue about reform.

Regional Program Highlights

  • 3.4 million Paraguayans viewed or listened to two Presidential debates organized by the Development in Democracy Foundation (DENDE), 71 percent of whom said they were hearing the candidates’ economic policy proposals for the first time.
  • The web platform has educated over 50,000 citizens in the region on current democratic and market-oriented policy trends; over 4,000 have engaged in discussions on the blog, Facebook, and Twitter.
  • The Ecuadorian Institute of Political Economy (IEEP) launched Emprendedores Ecuatorianos, an educational program promoting entrepreneurship, democracy, and free market values. Nearly 50 university students from rural Ecuador participated in the pilot program, which is modeled on EmprendeAhora in Peru.

Read more about CIPE's programs in Latin America & the Caribbean.

News by Region

Weekly Update: Latin America & the Caribbean

Bolivia – Fundación Milenio released two weekly economic analysis bulletins.

Weekly Update: Latin America & the Caribbean

Bolivia – Fundación Milenio released its weekly economic analysis bulletin f

Weekly Update: Latin America & the Caribbean

Netherlands – On June 26, CIPE Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Dire

Publication by Region

The Implementation Gap on Access to Information in Argentina

Article at a glance

  • Argentina’s access to information law is not evenly enforced, particularly with public enterprises.
  • Reasons for weak implementation of the law by public enterprises include: unclear language of the law allows different interpretations, insufficient regulation, and lack of commitment by public officials to abide by the law.
  • Closing the implementation gap will require many steps, including: using international benchmarks to re-evaluate the current access to information law, improving the current administrative procedures to reporting the law, and creating institutional mechanisms to answer the requested public information in a uniformed method.

OverseasREPORT February 2014

Lima, Peru – Nearly every success story has a defining event that serves as the reference point for “before” and “after.” “For me this point without a doubt was having been selected to participate in EmprendeAhora,” said Gerson Homero Casas Tello, a 26-year-old small business owner from Iquitos, Peru.

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