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Local solutions for local challenges
 
For four decades, we’ve worked in close collaboration with researchers in Latin America and the Caribbean to address the region’s most pressing development problems.
 
We’ve funded close to 3,000 initiatives directed and managed by local researchers and institutions. Their work has focused on identifying new technical, institutional, and policy solutions to meet complex challenges in local communities.
 
Our greatest area of concern in the region is supporting research that fosters social and economic equity. We focus on issues such as:
  • inclusive economic growth, innovation, and trade
  • equitable access to health and social services
  • sustainable use of natural resources
  • civil security and development
At times, the projects we support cross borders and boundaries, bringing together development practitioners in several countries. Their numbers—and their local knowledge—bring strength to our quest for lasting solutions.
 
Countries we serve
 
Antigua and Barbuda
Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Grenada
Guyana
Jamaica
Nicaragua
Panama
Paraguay
St Kitts and Nevis
St Lucia
St-Vincent and the Grenadines
Surinam
Trinidad and Tobago
Venezuela
 

Latest Results

Having little or no savings can be devastating for poor families, especially in times of crisis. When households are able to set aside some of their income in a formal financial institution, they are less vulnerable to external shocks and can invest...
Mini soap operas foster financial education and inclusion of women in PeruMinimum wages aren’t always the best way to improve social welfare Preparing for floods on Argentina's PampasZero Hidden Hunger: From Nariño to Colombia Cultivating fish for better livelihoods in Bolivia

Latest Results

For most countries, raising the minimum wage has long been considered a way to protect poor workers and their families. In fact, this active labour market intervention is a common social protection policy in many Latin American countries. But how...
Mini soap operas foster financial education and inclusion of women in Peru Minimum wages aren’t always the best way to improve social welfare Preparing for floods on Argentina's PampasZero Hidden Hunger: From Nariño to Colombia Cultivating fish for better livelihoods in Bolivia

Latest Results

Over the past 50 years, floods and drought have severely affected lives and livelihoods across the Western Argentinean Pampas, a vast plain of cropland and pasture. Climate change is expected to bring more frequent extreme weather events to the...
Mini soap operas foster financial education and inclusion of women in PeruMinimum wages aren’t always the best way to improve social welfare Preparing for floods on Argentina's PampasZero Hidden Hunger: From Nariño to Colombia Cultivating fish for better livelihoods in Bolivia

Latest Results

The potato is a staple of the local diet in Colombia. Government meal programs include yellow potatoes twice a week and white potatoes three times a week. In Nariño 25% of children under five years of age suffer from iron and zinc deficiency. The...
Mini soap operas foster financial education and inclusion of women in PeruMinimum wages aren’t always the best way to improve social welfare Preparing for floods on Argentina's Pampas Zero Hidden Hunger: From Nariño to Colombia Cultivating fish for better livelihoods in Bolivia

Latest Results

​Fish are an important source of protein, micronutrients, and fatty acids, and have great potential to improve food security and rural livelihoods. Bolivia, a country without access to the sea, has one of the lowest rates of fish consumption in the...
Mini soap operas foster financial education and inclusion of women in PeruMinimum wages aren’t always the best way to improve social welfare Preparing for floods on Argentina's PampasZero Hidden Hunger: From Nariño to Colombia Cultivating fish for better livelihoods in Bolivia
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Knowledge, innovation, and solutions to improve the lives of people in the developing world
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