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E-Resources for Research in Latin American and Iberian Studies: Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)

This document provides open access resources to research Latin America and Iberia.

Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)

Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

The gateway to public policy issues and statistical information of Latin America and the Caribbean countries collected, systematized and published by ECLAC (United Nations)

Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC)

You may find useful content and or data in NGOs related to your research areas.  LANIC has an excellent page divided by country. You will also find regional and international resources.

Latin America Press

Comunicaciones Aliadas is a non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Lima, Peru, specializing in the production of information and analysis about events across Latin America and the Caribbean with a focus on rights, while strengthening the communications skills of local social leaders.

The World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO) should have the most complete list of NGOs worldwide

Interamerican Development Bank

Through financial and technical support for countries working to reduce poverty and inequality, IDB helps improve health and education, and advance infrastructure. The Bank’s current focus areas include three development challenges – social inclusion and equality, productivity and innovation, and economic integration – and three cross-cutting issues – gender equality and diversity, climate change and environmental sustainability; and institutional capacity and the rule of law.

Interamerican Development Bank – Gender and Diversity

The IDB´s Gender and Diversity Division (GDI) was created in 2007. Its mission is to promote gender equality and support development with identity for African descendants and indigenous peoples in the Latin America and the Caribbean region through policy and strategic guidance, as well as technical assistance and training programs.

The International Justice Resource Center (IJRC) provides advocates, civil society organizations, and victims of human rights abuses with the information and resources they need to effectively use international legal protections – including advocacy before human rights monitoring bodies and complaints before international and domestic courts – to bring about justice and accountability for human rights violations.

International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA)

IWGIA is an international, non-governmental human rights organization. They support indigenous peoples' struggle for human rights, self-determination, right to territory, control of land and resources, cultural integrity, and the right to development.

Latin American Alliance for Global Health

Useful publications available from this group on global health related issues.

Plataforma Democratica

Plataforma Democrática is an initiative of the IFHC Foundation and the Edelstein Center for Social Research devoted to strengthening Latin American democratic institutions and culture, through the production of knowledge and promotion of a pluralistic debate on the transformation of society and politics in the region and the world.

Plataforma Democrática provides a free access virtual library with thousands of texts on issues related to democracy in Latin America and a data-base on research institutions. Plataforma Democrática develops research in key areas for the consolidation of democracy in the region, producing reports, which are discussed with Latin-American public intellectuals and transformed into widely, circulated texts. Together with the twenty-associated research centers, located in eleven countries, conducts forums to promote dialogue between producers of knowledge and different social and political actors.

Refworld (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)

There are several useful resources including searchable case law, news and special reports on related topics on this UN Refugee Agency site.

United Nations Statistics Division

UNSD compiles and disseminates global statistical information, develops standards and norms for statistical activities, and supports countries' efforts to strengthen their national statistical systems.

Washington Office on Latin America

WOLA promotes human rights, democracy, and social justice by working with partners in Latin America and the Caribbean to shape policies in the United States and abroad.