Latin America

The New Faces of the Favela

Young people from the favelas can be so much more than just members of a drug gang.

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An Armchair Hits the Road

Travelling with an armchair certainly presents some challenges. But it results in the very best stories.

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Senegalese Children: Exploited and Neglected

Too many Sengalese children go begging in the streets. Many are even sent out by their parents or teachers.

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Drug Policy in Latin America

Could the legalization of drugs be a solution for Latin America?

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Alma – A Tale of Violence

Alma has been a member of one of Guatemala's most brutal gangs. Watch her video testimony.

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Solar Powered Hearing Aids in Botswana and Brazil

How deaf people help each other producing Solar powered hearing aids

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Drug War in Mexico: A Bounty on Bloggers

Mexicans use blogs, Facebook and Twitter to battle the media’s silence about the war on drugs.

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The Story of Medellín: From a Drug Behemoth to a Model City

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Interview: The Past Is Not Forgotten – Nim Alae

Interview with Nim Alae, Musician and Protagonist of the Film "La Isla"

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Central American Youth Gangs

Highly violent Central American youth gangs spread to ever more countries

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Nicaragua: Guerilleras Becoming Policewomen

Nicaragua: From guerillera to policewoman

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Human Trafficking: A High-Profit, Low-Risk Crime

Human trafficking: putting the villains behind bars is not enough.

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Interview with Judith Torrea: How Many Deaths for One Gram of Cocaine?

Drug trafficking, one of the largest businesses of the world, causes too many deaths in Mexico.

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Interview: "The Whole System has Been Infiltrated"

Drug trafficking: the criminalisation of policies and politisation of crime

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An X-Ray of Mexican Organized Crime

About mafia structures and their evolution in the Mexican war on drugs.

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Think Global, Broadcast Local

Why small community radios are playing an increasingly important role in Latin America

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CineCita: Amplifying the Female Voice

Transmit women's voices between Latin America and Europe empower female roles in the Andes

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Voices for a Dignified Life

Women are the ones who suffer most from the miseries of Guatemalan society.

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China’s Development Policy Engagement in Latin America

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Water Security - Enhancing Collaborative Competencies

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Interview Tudo Bom Fashion

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Conserving Biological Diversity

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Indigenous People, Native Communities

Preservation of the land is a prerequisite for survival in native communities.

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Intellectual Property Rights Management

The National Biodiversity Institute and the Bioprospecting Unit - General information in INBio

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Interview with Marco Arana

Indigenious peoples are being especially hard hit by the current loss of biodiversity.

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Peru: The Power of Citizens

Engaged and mobilised citizens can change the world we live in: four examples from Peru.

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Sports as a Tool for Conflict Transformation and Prevention in Sri Lanka

Sports as a Tool For Conflict Transformation And Prevention In Sri Lanka

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Interview: From Prison to Exile – Oppositional Journalists in Cuba

Interview with 2 oppositional journalists from cuba

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Interview: Participatory Budgeting

When citizens decide on the communal budget

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Environmental Activists Take Back the Power

Governments are no longer the ones who rule the world, the power shifted to global megacorporations.

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Colombia: The Most Destructive Weapon

Colombians have long been ruled by fear. Now they are breaking free.

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Towards the Good Life?

Indigenous groups in Latin America fight for visibility and participation. They could make valuable contributions to the Post-2015 Agenda.

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Your Voice at the Border

What do refugees expect of peace in their homelands? A radio programme is trying to improve the situation of Columbian refugees in Ecuador.

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Can Movements Govern?

Ecuador's indigenous movement is one of the most powerful social movements worldwide. The transition into political office can, however, be a difficult one.

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21 Years Later

Lima, Peru’s vibrant capital has to cope with chaotic public transportation. Reforms are caught between corruption and opportunism - but progress is made.

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A Soundtrack for Latin America

The genre cumbia is not as well-known around the world as salsa or reggaeton. Yet it is considered the more authentic music.

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Basta Ya – Enough Already!

Colombia has been shaken by violence for the last two decades. What is and needs to be done to overcome the nation’s past?

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Lima’s New Cuisine

Food trends in Lima involving traditional and indigenous dishes are altering the identity of the nation.

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Resist the “Snack Attack”

Carlos A. Monteiro warns of the dangers of ultra-processed foods, noting that our personal and social well-being is at risk.

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Land, Protest and Tenure Security

Monopolization of land ownership is driving up poverty and vulnerability in Brazil's rural areas. On the governance of tenure.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly?

The expansion of big retailers in developing countries poses a challenge for food security.

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Preserving Our Land

Seed banks are a vital insurance for smallholders’ livelihood. A journey to Santiago Yaitepec shows the need and benefits of local, agricultural self-aid.

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Creating a Water Shortage

Why is water running out in Brazil’s cities? Does the Landless Workers' Movement provide a solution to it?

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Hipster’s Hype, Smallholder’s Reality

Due to rising demand, quinoa production and prices skyrocketed in the last few years.

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Generous Envy

The willingness to share depends on different motifs – even envy. Examples from Pakistan, Latin America and the USA.

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Truth Is the First Casualty

Local journalists in Peru often work in very hostile atmospheres. Can they positively influence conflict resolution?

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A Traditional Shareconomy

Indigenous communities in the Andes traditionally manage commons such as water. Their potential is still not exhausted.

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“Carbón en el Agua!”

In his documentary “La Buena Vida”, Jens Schanze depicts the Colombian Wayúus’ fight for their land against supranational energy corporations. A review.

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Fight for Rio’s Streets

In Brazil Graffiti is a weapon of the poor and disinherited. Artists are reclaiming the streets, using their fame to build and educate their communities.

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Punishing the Informal

The prison rates in Mexico City are higher as during authoritarian rule. A side effect of economic transformation, argues Markus-Michael Müller.

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Fighting Machismo

Sexual assaults happen daily in Mexico City, and frequently on public transportation. The Inmujeres organization is fighting for women’s rights and safety.

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Much Upgrading, Little Effect?

More than half of Nairobi lives in slums where they face stalled projects and poor service. But improvements could be made.

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The Resilience Revolution

Terrorism, earthquakes, violence – global cities face various threads. 100 Resilient Cities helps them to be prepared.

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Understanding Crime

Crime in Mexico City is a multi-layered problem. We asked two experts to break down the figures and cut through the complexities.

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The People of Tepito

Tepito is Mexico City’s most notorious quarter. While the media generally focuses on violence and crime, Francisco Mata portrays the barrio’s inhabitants.

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Dangerous Waters

Beyond the world’s attention, violent crimes take place on unstable ground: Child piracy creates a legal dilemma that puts vulnerable juveniles at risk.

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The Pocket Doctors

Uganda’s tech industry is booming – health apps being one successful part of it, but funding is still challenging.

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Standing with God to End Oppression

Liberation theologians use Christianity as weapon in the fight for the poor. And in a way, even the pope is on their side.

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