Latin America & Caribbean

Human Rights and Mining in Central America

For the last fifteen years, an increase in international demand for natural resources coupled with the recovery of mineral prices on the international market boosted the mining sector’s development. But the cost of this rush towards precious metals is considerable, especially for the communities living close to the mines. As stated by the Secretary Generals’ Special Representative on the issue of human rights and transnational companies, John Ruggie, the mining industry is the largest private sector violating human rights, a trend that is only getting worse.

Contact Person & Details: 
Marcela Escribano

United Workers' Confederation of Honduras

The United Workers' Confederation of Honduras is a union confederation formed in Honduras in 1992 and affiliated with the International Trade Union Confederation.

The UWC (CUTH in French and Spanish) represents union workers, especiallly those in the service sector, public office, trade, construction, health and education. Its mandate is to negotiate collective conventions, to represent the union members before the authorities and to ensure the training and mobilization of its members.

Haiti: Sustainable Agriculture Project


In Haiti, more than half of the population lives below the poverty line, making roughly one dollar per day, and nearly half face problems related to malnutrition. With regard to agriculture, small local producers struggle to compete with big industries. However, intensive planting has caused soil erosion, at the same time that the forest has fallen to 2% of total land area. Poverty resulting from job insecurity and lack of jobs in general has led many to relocate to the Dominican Republic.


2006 - 2007

Pan-Amazon Social Forum in Belém

Alternatives supported the organization of the Pan-Amazon Social Forum that took place in the city of Belém in the Brazilian Amazon in January 2003. This thematic forum, held in the sphere of the World Social Forum (WSF), allowed representatives from Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and Brazil to discuss the issues surrounding the Amazon, one of the world’s largest natural resource reserves.


Cuba: Motivating the Community


Providing the backdrop to this project were attempts by Cuban civil society to improve its democratic system by encouraging increased citizen participation in policymaking.

Since the revolution, the Cuban people have been actively participating in various areas of the public sector, such as health care, education and the justice system. Today, however, the people’s involvement has descended into carrying out simple tasks that have little influence on the functioning of government.

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1997 - 1998

Brazil: Strengthening Solidarity Economy Networks

A project with the worker training school Escolas de Marcois currently in the preparation stages, with the goal of improving the training and networking of producers in worker cooperatives and consumers of the popular solidarity economy. The project should help improve the living conditions in six regions of the state of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, where several solidarity economy programs already exist.

Brazil: Cashew micro-enterprise


Drought is a natural physical phenomenon that frequently and regularly afflicts Northeast Brazil. For a long time, drought has been harming Brazil’s semi-arid regions, mainly by destroying local ecosystems, which causes significant losses in biodiversity.

2003 - 2004

Young Communist League (UJC)

The Young Communist League of Cuba, founded in 1962, is the youth organization of the Communist Party of Cuba. It is made up of about 600,000 young members aged 15 to 30 years old, some volunteer and some selected. It works with over 200 NGOs worldwide, in addition to being affiliated with the World Federation of Democratic Youth.

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Brazilian Institute of Social and Economic Analyses (IBASE)

The Brazilian Institute of Social and Economic Analyses (IBASE) is a civil society organization founded in 1981 whose goal is to consolidate democracy and promote active citizenship in Brazil. To do this, the institute works to strengthen the associative capacity of civil society, develop public policies and produce a new culture of rights.


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