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Saving the Barbadian Coral Reefs

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"When the coral dies, life in the area also dies or goes elsewhere," says Kenrick Leslie of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre. "If you were to lose the coral …

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Women At Full Speed

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“The first days my coworkers got scared, they saw me working on the machine and stopped their activities to watched. A woman in the backhoe? What are you going to do?”. The experience of Liza Chavez in Paraguay …

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Seven reasons to be optimistic about 2019

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It is most likely that during 2019 we will hear thousands of news about what is going wrong in Latin America and the world. From climate change, displacements and hunger, the future can be seen as a not very hopeful one. Or not …

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Pensions: an urgent call

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For most Latin Americans, the most effective way to ensure an income when old is through pension systems. They work differently in each country, but for the average citizen they represent their main source of financial support in the last …

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Millennials: the stereotyped generation

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Millennials, the generation that includes those born between 1980 and 2003, are commonly described as lazy, poorly prepared and without aspirations. It takes only a Google search to realize how prevalent these stereotypes are …

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Panama City, at a walker's pace

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During the last decades, the growth of cities has not stopped. Nowadays, 80% of the population of Latin America and the Caribbean currently lives in cities, of which six already have more than 10 million people living in their …

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Distrust: Latin America's Silent Crisis

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Philip Keefer is a self-professed trust-wonk. A specialist on the economics of institution-building, Keefer has spent the greater part of two decades researching how trust—or the lack of it—impacts public policies …

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The sounds of development

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How did an Uruguayan opt to make music compatible with medicine and a Chilean combine her passion for opera with business administration? Both exemplify the synergies originated by the Orange Economy in Latin America and the Caribbean …

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From garbage to the table?

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The numbers are alarming. In Latin America and the Caribbean, undernourishment affects 42.5 million people, according to FAO data. This represents a little more than the population of Peru, or the sum of all the inhabitants of Bogotá, Caracas, Santiago de Chile …

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Ecuador's Bet On Inclusion

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“At school, I did not get along with my classmates because nobody understood what it means to live with a disability," says Diego Mariscal, an activist for the rights of people with disabilities and CEO of the company 2-Gether International …

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How could we end corruption?

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For a year, we consulted eight international experts on the steps that Latin American and Caribbean countries could take to fight corruption and promote transparency and integrity. This is a roadmap to put and end to one of the region's largest systemic issues, which is threatening its political and economic stability 

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Searching for safe routes

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““I have started to bring flat shoes when I ride a bus, it makes me feel safer because if anything happens I can run,” says a woman in Jalisco, Mexico. “A man hugged me trying to touch my breasts, I twisted his fingers and scratched him. Then he touched my butt and pushed me, and I ended up almost on the floor,” says another in Guatemala City …

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The future of work: robots versus humans?

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Brenda Hali lives in Mexico but works remotely as marketing manager for a company in Silicon Valley. This gives her the flexibility to design her schedule, allowing her to study and travel. It is a model that works well for her. "I like the freedom I have to manage my time and choose where to work from. At least in my generation, …

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Open Knowledge, Endless Skills

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It all started with a Facebook post. In fact, it began much earlier, in the classrooms of a school in Veracruz, Mexico, where Lorena Lopez already loved numbers so much that led her to study Statistics—even though in vocational guidance some folks insisted on telling her …

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Latin America's Road to Sustainability

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Superlatives are enough to define Bogota as one of the largest and most dynamic cities in Latin America and the Caribbean. Its more than 8 million inhabitants make around 15 million trips every day and contribute almost a quarter of the total to the Colombian economy. Today, four out of every ten commutes …

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The Transformation of São Luís

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Behind the walls of what used to be an industrial complex, there was an empty lot covered with dry bushes, rusty fences and cracked façades. Located in the heart of São Luís, the largest city in the state of Maranhão, in northeastern Brazil, this space seemed to have been left to its fate—more than 51,000 square meters were abandoned, unused ...

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Microloans: a key for freedom

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“I would go to the streets and steal from people, with my belly showing, pregnant,” says Rosario, an inmate at the San Joaquin Women’s Penitentiary in Santiago, Chile's capital city. “My job was stealing. It was enough to afford rent, electricity, water and other expenses. And at thirteen, I gave birth to my girl.” …

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Innovating In Indigenous Lands

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When you walk through the market of San Andrés Larráinzar—a small town in the state of Chiapas, in Southern Mexico—you are likely to hear a familiar tune. You will definitely not miss it: These are the chords of La vida es un carnaval, interpreted by world-famous Cuban singer Celia Cruz. But as you start to hum the lyrics…

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An X-Ray of Latin American Creativity

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Since she was a child, Laia Barboza grew up surrounded by consoles such as Nintendo and Ataris in Maldonado, a city 130 kilometers east of Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay. After hours of playing along her friends, Laia began to experiment little by little with technology until...

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Better Spending, Better Lives

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The region is aging. Latin America and the Caribbean is going through a demographic transition where women have fewer children, giving space to a veteran population that needs more (and better) medical coverage. The picture is clear: countries must invest in health and distribute resources more efficiently…

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