Peruvian television gets hyperlocal
“TV Cultura, a Peruvian NGO, produces television programs using contents from different parts of the country. They started in the 1990s with the main objective to introduce local contents in national television. Carlos Cárdenas, President TV Cultura, knocked the doors of the main broadcasters with the idea to disseminate the local audiovisual production they were producing, but there were no responses.
Sources:FORO October 2011, pages 6-7
Ecuador: Historic sentence against an oil company
“A sentence of the Corte Provincial of Sucumbios (Provincial Court of Sucumbios) in Nueva Loja orders ChevronTexaco, an American oil company, to pay US$9.5 billion to the Frente de Defensa de la Amazonía (Organization for the Defense of the Amazonia; or double that amount if the company fails to publicly apologize for ‘26 years of social and environmental destruction of the Ecuadorian jungle.’ The sentence argues that Chevron-Texaco failed to apply existing and available technologies to reduce the impact of its operations, deciding to reduce the cost of its operations instead.
Sources:FORO February 2011, page 8
Economic growth in Latin America, is it sustainable?
Despite positive economic growth within Latin America and a relatively smooth transition through the 2008 crisis, there are concerns about how this trend will continue.
Sources:FORO December 2010, pages 3-4
Democratizing philanthropic giving in Latin America
“The Inter-American Development Bank, Foreign Policy magazine, FEMSA (A leading beverage company in the LAC region) and the Corporación Andina de Formento (CAF) organized the Latin Social Forum entitled ‘The Democratization of philanthropy’ in June 2010. The main purpose of the event was to recognize the profound changes in philanthropic and charitable donating in Latin America. As is happening around the world, the regional trend in philanthropy is toward decentralization, with a growing number of individuals and companies donating through private foundations to social causes.
Sources:FORO November 2010, pg. 7
Cultural Industries: the new frontier for development efforts?
The use of national cultural goods as sources of revenue is an intriguing area, with benefits ranging from increased income to the preservation of national identities and different cultures. FORO further explains the importance of "cultural industries."
Sources:FORO July 2010, pg. 3
United Nations University launches a short-term scholarship program in biotechnology in LATNAM
“The Biotechnology Program of the United Nations University (UNU) has called for applications to its short-term scholarship program and several academic initiatives for 2011. The application process is from June 1st to September 30th. The program includes: (i) climate change and biotechnology, (ii) control of vectors and biotechnology; (iii) biotechnology in human health; (iv) industrial biotechnology, agricultural biotechnology, and biotechnology applied to art conservation; and (v) copyright and technology transfers in biotechnology.
Sources:FORO June 2010, pg. 6
The United Nations World Water Development Report 3: Water in a changing world
“UNESCO has introduced ‘water-box’, a conceptual scheme for water management that integrates political, managerial and socials actors, and is aimed at coordinating goals and strategic decisions for sustainable development and the preservation of water resources. The study analyzes a future with more water-related emergencies because climate change is transforming the natural cycle of water.
Sources:FORO April 2010, pg. 5
South American countries coordinate management of energy resources.
“South American countries are signing several bilateral and multilateral agreements for the exploration, exploitation, sale, and purchase of energy resources—an interesting trend toward a joint regional management of their energy resources. For example, Paraguay will shortly start selling electricity to Argentina and Uruguay. These two countries are signing an agreement to build a regasification plant with shared administration, which will provide power to both countries starting in 2013.
FORO March 2011, page 9
Will Latin America take the lead on socialstructing?
Socialstructing, defined as the movement to bring the social back into our economy and our institutions is becoming a buzz word or movement. People are increasingly feeling inundated with consumerism and big business, feeling the eternal hunt for GDP growth is overshadowing our social processes and needs.
Where in the world might we have the best ingredients to get socialstructing off the ground? LATNAM provides a useful mix of relatively productive economic sectors with a political environment geared towards the left.
Sources:FORO January 2010, pg. 5
South American countries experience a changing health profile
South American countries are seeing a change in epidemiology profiles, that is to say, fewer cases of communicable disease, primarily associated with poverty, and increased cases of chronic diseases that require more costly long-term interventions and are often associated with richer communities.
Sources:FORO January 2011 pgs. 4-5