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ELLA is a knowledge sharing and learning platform, funded by the UK Department for International Development.  It aims to share knowledge of recent Latin American experiences on selected economic, environmental and governance issues. It supports learning between Latin American, African and South Asian countries, and is providing a networking platform for organisations and individuals to link to Latin America. As a content partner with Eldis, the full selection of Briefs from Ella are available to download.


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Women's land: reflections on rural women’s access to land in Latin America
Fundación TIERRA, Bolivia, 2011
The human rights of women are not yet fully respected despite the progress made in legislation at global, regional, and national levels. Apart from formal legislation, access to and control of land by women should be part of other mec...
Impact of conditional cash transfers on maternal and newborn health
A. Glassman; D. Duran; M. Koblinsky / Center for Global Development, USA, 2013
Conditional cash transfers (CCTs) have been shown to increase health service utilisation among the poorest, but little is written on the effects of such programs on maternal and newborn health. The authors carry out a systemati...

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Cyclicality of fiscal behavior in developing oil-producing countries: an empirical review
N. Erbil / Economic Research Forum, Egypt, 2011
Oil price volatility has increased in recent years, where these large, unpredictable swings have a major impact on fiscal balances in developing oil-producing economies. This paper examines the cyclicality of fiscal behaviour in 28 de...
Women's land: reflections on rural women’s access to land in Latin America
Fundación TIERRA, Bolivia, 2011
The human rights of women are not yet fully respected despite the progress made in legislation at global, regional, and national levels. Apart from formal legislation, access to and control of land by women should be part of other mec...
Ethnic identity, informal institutions, and the failure to elect women in indigenous Southern Mexico
M.S. Danielson; T.A. Eisenstadt; J. Yelle 2013
This article argues that the low levels of descriptive representation of women in local political office in Mexico and Latin America is much more than a problem of the purported patriarchal cultures of indigenous and rural communities...
Gender equality observatory of Latin America and the Caribbean. Annual report 2012: a look at grants support and burden for women
United Nations [UN] Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, 2012
Indicators of economic autonomy are posing the greatest public policy challenge. At a time when the region’s economies are growing and poverty is declining, the fact that such a large percentage of the poor and indigent populati...
Women in the digital economy: breaking through the equality threshold
United Nations [UN] Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, 2013
Changes in demographics and education, and female emancipation itself, are laying bare the need to promote greater efficiency and equity in markets so as to make use of women’s capabilities. And they are casting more light on th...
Winds of change: the progress of open government policymaking in Latin America and the Caribbean
Á. Ramírez-Alujas; N. Dassen / Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo / Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), 2013
The year 2013 has become known as the year of Open Government. The continuing progress of the Open Government Partnership represents the consolidation of a process that, in less than two years, has strengthened the promotion and imple...
Americas: transforming pain into hope: human rights defenders in the Americas
Amnesty International, 2012
Human rights defenders play a fundamental role in helping to create a world where the promise of human rights becomes a reality for all. Drawing on decades of work with defenders fin the Americas region – Central, North and Sout...
Climatescope 2013: new frontiers for low-carbon energy investment in Latin America and the Caribbean
Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo / Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), 2014
Latin America and the Caribbean should be a natural home for clean energy investment. The region is blessed with exceptional natural resources, ready to be harnessed by photovoltaic, wind, geothermal and other clean energy technologie...
Measuring compliance with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights: the ongoing challenge of judicial independence in Latin America
C.M. Bailliet / Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, 2013
Latin American democratic institutions are currently under stress due to a weakening of the rule of law, high levels of crime, corruption and impunity and opaque separation of powers. The judiciary remains weak in relation to the mili...
A new era in the fight against deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon: opportunities to improve policy effectiveness
T. Gardner; J. Godar / Stockholm Environment Institute, 2014
The deforestation slowdown in the Amazon is one of the most important environmental success stories of recent decades, with an 83% decrease in the annual rate of deforestation from 2004 to 2012. This accomplishment has enabled Brazil ...
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