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    Ecuador’s election of the Global South’s first wheelchair-using president can drive vital debate on disability and development

Ecuador’s election of the Global South’s first wheelchair-using president can drive vital debate on disability and development

For the international disability community, Lenín Moreno’s presidency has the potential to cement the future of what disability and development means, not only in Ecuador, but also in other developing countries around the world, write Terhas Clark and Alejandra Carvajal.

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    Mexico’s new General Law on Archives could jeopardise research, journalism, and transparency

Mexico’s new General Law on Archives could jeopardise research, journalism, and transparency

By placing archives under direct control of the executive and creating retroactive rules to define the historical, Mexico’s proposed General Law on Archives could damage academic, journalistic, and popular access to collective memory, writes Alejandro de Coss Corzo.

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    Breaking Bad: recognising the role of masculinities can help prevent gang formation in Latin America and the Caribbean

Breaking Bad: recognising the role of masculinities can help prevent gang formation in Latin America and the Caribbean

Drawing on his research in Trinidad & Tobago, Belize, and Colombia, Adam Baird argues that only by understanding the multiple roles of masculinites in driving gang formation in Latin America and the Caribbean will we stand a chance of tackling chronic urban violence.

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    The UN’s new role in Colombia can strengthen the peace process during its most vulnerable phase

The UN’s new role in Colombia can strengthen the peace process during its most vulnerable phase

For the first time in a post-conflict situation, the parties (FARC and the Colombian government) have created a tripartite verification mechanism with an international component (United Nations). This innovative mechanism, which helps to generate trust and resolve conflicts at key points, can serve as a useful model beyond Colombia, writes Juana García.

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    Development for Sale: 18th Century Spanish Colonial Administrators and Long-Run Subnational Disparities in Peru

Development for Sale: 18th Century Spanish Colonial Administrators and Long-Run Subnational Disparities in Peru

Contemporary regional disparities in Peru are related to differences in governance patterns during colonial times, with those provinces that were highly desirable to 18th century Spanish governors suffering greater conflict, ethnic segregation, and economic underdevelopment, writes Jenny Guardado.

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    Investor-state disputes in Ecuador and Argentina show how citizens shape international investment law

Investor-state disputes in Ecuador and Argentina show how citizens shape international investment law

By motivating infringements of International Investment Agreements, shaping approaches to investor-state disputes, and politicising governments’ wider postures, citizens have played an important role in shaping international investment law, writes Julia Calvert.

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    The climate has played a crucial role in Brazilian inequality and long-run development

The climate has played a crucial role in Brazilian inequality and long-run development

Climatic differences can create path dependencies even within countries, with local institutions perpetuating inequalities and hurting economic development in the process, writes Evan Wigton-Jones.

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    Giving voice and visibility to victims of sexual violence can drive cultural change in Colombia

Giving voice and visibility to victims of sexual violence can drive cultural change in Colombia

Grassroots initiatives and the UK government’s Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) have the potential to contribute to transformative justice for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence against women, writes Christine Chinkin.

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    The experience of Bolivians in Chile reveals the need for inclusive, human-rights based migration policies

The experience of Bolivians in Chile reveals the need for inclusive, human-rights based migration policies

Bolivians in Chile face discrimination in multiple aspects of their everyday lives, but Chile can avoid the anti-migrant politics on the rise in the US and Europe by taking the lead on inclusive, intercultural, human-rights based migration policies, writes Megan Ryburn.

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    Slavery’s damaging impact on local institutions and public goods has shaped Brazil’s long-run development

Slavery’s damaging impact on local institutions and public goods has shaped Brazil’s long-run development

The differential impact of slavery across Brazil was largely determined by its influence on the settlement of foreign migrants, who – unlike slaves – had a political voice and could “vote with their feet”, writes Andrea Papadia.