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    Spotlight on publications: budgets and human rights

    Evidence and Lessons from Latin America, 2011
    By ratifying human rights treaties, States assume obligations and duties under international law to respect, protect and fulfil human rights. But these obligations will do nothing if governments do not allocate public funds to the realisation of those human rights.
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    Spotlight on publications: citizen participation in local governance in Latin America

    Evidence and Lessons from Latin America, 2012
    Citizen participation in governance at the local level has long been acknowledged to play a role in improving public policies. It is seen as enhancing policies’ responsiveness to the population’s needs and their quality, as citizens make creative and innovative proposals to solve development challenges.
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    Spotlight on publications: design, adoption and implementation of Latin American Freedom of Information Acts

    Evidence and Lessons from Latin America, 2012
    In the last two decades, Latin American countries – from Brazil, Chile and Colombia to Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru and Uruguay - have designed and adopted innovative Freedom of Information Acts (FOIAs).
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    Spotlight on publications: human rights in Latin America

    Evidence and Lessons from Latin America, 2013
    Strong national human rights institutions, an active regional human rights court, a human rights approach to budgeting and strategic litigation by civil society: these are just some of the innovative approaches Latin American countries are taking to improve human rights across the region.
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    Spotlight on publications: indigenous and ethnic minority rights

    Evidence and Lessons from Latin America, 2013
    Indigenous and ethnic minorities are recognised under international law as a collective group with a shared identify and specific rights that governments should protect and guarantee via national frameworks and innovative public policies.
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    Spotlight on publications: judicial review for enforcing human rights in Latin America

    Evidence and Lessons from Latin America, 2013
    In the face of persistent and systematic human rights violations, lawsuits are increasingly being brought before Latin American courts. Through cutting edge rulings, courts in the region have ordered the executive and legislative branches of government to allocate budgets and implement public policies that can effectively realise human rights.
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    Spotlight on publications: methodologies of Latin American report cards on health

    2012
    In the last decades, citizen initiatives formed by academia, the private sector and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in various Latin American countries have emerged seeking greater participation in social oversight of their cities’ public policies.  The report card methodology is one of the tools these initiatives have used.
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    Spotlight on publications: participatory budgeting

    Evidence and Lessons from Latin America, 2011
    Latin American countries pioneered participatory budgeting (PB), an innovative mechanism enabling citizens to decide how public funds will be spent.
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    Spotlight on publications: right to consultation in Latin America

    2013
    Drawing on case study material from across Latin America, the publications in this overview present and analyse progress made on the right to consultation at the regional and national levels, on-going challenges and key lessons learned.
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    Changing citizenship in the digital age

    MIT Press Journals, 2008
    It is clear that many young citizens of this digital and global age have demonstrated interests in making contributions to society. Yet the challenge of engaging effectively with politics linked to spheres of government is difficult for most. A casual look at world democracies suggests that many of the most established ones are showing signs of wear.

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