Latin America Policy Journal

The Latin America Policy Journal sought to create a strong community of emerging and united Latin American leaders, to discuss the region’s most pressing problems. Journal contributors included current and former presidents, scholars, policymakers, journalists, and students reflecting on the challenges of democratization in Latin America.

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What Carbon Market Debates are Missing 

07.18.23

Carbon markets can be understood as a three-legged stool on which part of our climate goals rests; if one of the legs is missing, the stool falls. Unfortunately, today’s carbon market debates focus on two of those three legs whilst ignoring the other.  

Environment and Energy

Latin American Cities in the Age of AI: Navigating the Technological Revolution

06.21.23

AI will continue to permeate and transform cities. With the right guidelines, it will allow governments to improve citizen engagement, reduce tax fraud, and optimize energy, mobility, and waste management systems.

Cities and Communities

The Future of Food in Latin America: Embracing Insect Protein

06.21.23

Alternative protein sources, such as insects, have emerged as promising solutions that could help reduce the environmental impact of food production while providing a nutritious and accessible protein source.

Health

Between a rock and a hard place: The energy transition in Mexico as a consumer

06.16.23

In 2022, Naturgy — Mexico City’s natural gas monopoly — left me without service for three weeks. Working in the renewable energy sector, I knew what to do: end the gas contract and get both an electric stove and a water heater. That is the recipe I share in any energy transition report: “electrify” to […]

Environment and Energy

Woke on Coke: Young Cocaine Consumers Fuel Social and Environmental Devastation in Colombia

08.2.22

I could feel the bass of the music thumping in my thoracic cavity. The soles of my shoes were sticky with the beer that had spilled on the floor when I saw Eva inhaling a line of white powder off the kitchen countertop.

Democracy and Governance

The Fight for Freedom in Venezuela: Reflections on Leadership and Strategy

06.22.22

Interview with Leopoldo Lopez, former Presidential Candidate and political prisoner. First, we would like to hear what initially got you into politics? What motivated you and has it changed over time? I’ve always been interested in politics. Not in the exercise of politics as such, but in the public; being useful to address deep inequality […]

Public Leadership and Management

Busting the Cycle: Forming Clean Energy Markets in Oil-Dependent States

06.20.22

Calls for a green industrial revolution and transition away from greenhouse gas (GHG) emitting forms of energy are anything but novel. The newest to make the call is the International Energy Agency (IEA), which calls in a 2021 report for immediately halting oil and gas development and achieving net-zero emissions from electricity generation by 2040.1 […]

The infrastructure gap in Latin America and the Caribbean to reach the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030

06.19.22

If LAC wants to close its infrastructure gap and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, the region will need to significantly increase investment in infrastructure. The pre-pandemic annual investment level of 1.4% of GDP compares poorly with the 3.1% needed to close the gap. Finding innovative policies to finance them would ensure that […]

Connecting schools to reduce student’s dropout: A Peruvian case

06.15.22

Over the last 50 years, schooling expanded dramatically in most low- and middle-income countries, however, some disparities still remain, and have even been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. In Peru, even though in 2019, 97% of children between 6 and 11 years old had access to primary education, 13% of youngsters between 12 and 16 […]

Education, Training and Labor

The Financial Inclusion Gap in Latin America: Can Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) be part of the Solution?

06.13.22

While CBDCs hold tremendous potential in closing the financial inclusion gap in LAC, they will also encounter many roadblocks generated by cultural, social, and economic determinants. Central banks and other authorities will be tasked with no less than integrating the vulnerable and marginalized into the financial system.  Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) have recently taken […]

Development and Economic Growth

Gold mining in Southern Venezuela: Witnessing an Ecocide

06.12.22

In 2016, Venezuela’s leader Nicolás Maduro designated an area larger than the size of Portugal as a “strategic development zone” to facilitate the mining of gold and other minerals. The area, called “The Orinoco Mining Arc,” includes some of the most pristine areas of the Amazon and borders Canaima National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage […]

LAPJ Interview with Pedro Francke, former Minister of Finance of Peru

04.20.22

Our team discussed with Pedro Francke, former Minister of Finance of Peru. His designation was described by the Guardian as a “relief in Peru as moderate is made finance minister”.

Public Finance

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