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    Urban social policy in Buenos Aires must recognise the social-mobility challenges facing marginalised ‘villa’ youth

Urban social policy in Buenos Aires must recognise the social-mobility challenges facing marginalised ‘villa’ youth

Innovations in social policy that respond to the multi-dimensionality of exclusion could help to bring down the labour-market barriers facing residentially marginalised youth in Argentina and beyond, write Simca Simpson Lapp (Queen Mary) and Eduardo Lépore (Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina).

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    What the left must learn from Maduro’s failures in Venezuela

What the left must learn from Maduro’s failures in Venezuela

The inspirational successes of early Chavismo may have blinded broadly pro-Chávez academics like me to later failings and excesses, but the democratic slide under Maduro has been a tipping point, writes Asa Cusack. • n.b. republished courtesy of The Guardian; Creative Commons licence does not apply

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    Co-financing, joint procurement, and capacity building can help Latin America and the Caribbean defeat preventable childhood diseases

Co-financing, joint procurement, and capacity building can help Latin America and the Caribbean defeat preventable childhood diseases

LSE postgraduate Mario Jiménez, recently selected by Forbes Magazine as one of the 30 most influential young professionals in European healthcare, explains how the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation has reduced costs, increased access, and bolstered the sustainability of immunisation programmes in the region and beyond.

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    The Temer government in Brazil lacks the legitimacy required to reform its way back to recovery

The Temer government in Brazil lacks the legitimacy required to reform its way back to recovery

A coordinated political effort to move toward higher labour productivity, higher valued-added activities, and a solid foundation of public education and health services can only be achieved through elections and negotiations between legitimate representatives, writes Mark S. Langevin.

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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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    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.