News

  • April News 2020

    Currently @ LATINNO The Covid-19 global pandemic continues under the international spotlight. While cases in Europe are beginning to stabilize, the Covid-19 spread is rapidly increasing in Latin America, where the effects of the virus can be particularly devastating as fragile health systems raise doubts on the preparedness to battle the pandemic.   While some Latin American governments have pushed the adoption of temporary lockdowns to reduce the infection rates, the region’s dependency on informal economy ...

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  • March News 2020

    Currently @ LATINNO On March 8th International Women’s Day is commemorated around the world as a symbolic date to increase visibility on topics of gender equality and women’s rights. In Latin America, massive mobilizations were organized by feminist groups to protest against the increasing femicide rates in the region and the lack of comprehensive policies focused on improving women’s quality of life. But March was further marked by the outbreak of the Covid-19 global pandemic, which has pushed ...

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  • February News 2020

    Currently @ LATINNO Citizen participation in public service delivery improves and strengthens the relationship between citizens and governments, while promoting citizen engagement and participation in public affairs. The active inclusion of citizens enriches democratic governance by facilitating the search for solutions to public problems. This month, our newsletter focuses on democratic innovations that seek to promote citizen participation in public services in Latin America, specifically on the areas of education, security and justice, and waste management. Database ...

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  • January News 2020

    Currently @ LATINNO The climate crisis continues under the spotlight of the international public sphere, demanding attention from governments and action from civil society and the private sector. 2019 ended with an unprecedented record on climate-heating emissions fueled mainly by the devastating fires registered in the Amazon and -more recently- in Australia. Our first newsletter of the year is dedicated to citizen participatory initiatives that serve as example of how governments and civil society collaborate in the ...

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  • December News 2019

    Currently @ LATINNO 2019 was a very active and vigorous year for Latin America. Protests and demonstration broke throughout the region, where social dissatisfaction with state policies and political leaders spread from Haiti through Honduras, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Chile. In this convoluted regional landscape, presidential elections were held in various Latin American countries, including Argentina, Uruguay and Bolivia, this last one turned into a particular case in which the disputed electoral results led to the ...

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  • November News 2019

    Currently @ LATINNO The circulation of unchecked information is considered a threat to democratic bases, creating misinformation among citizens through the spread of misleading or false statements aimed at damaging specific actors or entities, or to create political favour or economic benefits to other parties. The increased use and proliferation of the so-called “fake news” is becoming a common tool to influence citizen perceptions for electoral and political purposes. In Latin America, the use of ...

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  • October News 2019

    Currently @ LATINNO This month Latin America has been on the international spotlight as mass protests broke throughout the region. In Haiti, the precarious economic situation and numerous corruption scandals linked to government officials have fueled violent demonstrations against the President. Around the same time, indigenous-led mobilizations against austerity measures adopted by the government took over Ecuador, receding only once the President agreed to suspend them. In Chile, a raise in Santiago's subway fare catapulted into massive demonstrations against rampaging inequality ...

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  • September News 2019

    Currently @ LATINNO Since August, worldwide attention has turned to Latin America where record-breaking fires have threatened the preserved areas of the Amazon Jungle, which represents over half of the planet’s remaining rainforest and comprises the richest biodiversity in tropical rainforests. According to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (Pt. Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais) deforestation in the Amazon has increased 278% compared to last year. This month’s events increased the gravity and concern regarding the already severe ...

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  • August News 2019

    Currently @ LATINNO In recent years, Smart Cities have multiplied around the world. Through the use of ICTs (information and communication technologies) and other innovations, Smart Cities seek to enhance citizen’s quality of living by positively transforming their urban environments. In their quest for increasing efficiency in urban management and improving the performance of local administrations, the idea behind Smart Cities promotes the creation of “smart environments” that simplify the provision of city-related services. In this ...

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  • July News 2019

    Currently @ LATINNO Despite the tensions in Central America, where thousands of citizens have been driven to flee their countries running from violence and seeking better opportunities, this month a number of initiatives by the regional administrations evidence the efforts to provide for political stability. In this context, the new elected President of El Salvador and the Secretary of State of the United States signed a bilateral agreement to handle migration and combat drug trafficking. ...

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