Who is mighty Mexico or Chile?

Strengthening civil rights, restricting elites

Elites block development

The old and newly emerged elites of Latin America defend their possessions and hardly take responsibility for the sustainable development of their societies. This is favored by a long-lasting, structural crisis in the state institutions. Almost all political parties are discredited in the eyes of the population. State social programs that have been introduced in many countries include important transfer payments. But they do not eliminate the structural causes of inequality, poverty and the marginalization of large sections of the population.

More justice through good governance

The most important prerequisite for a change in the current situation is good governance. Bread for the World therefore supports partner organizations that, as part of their respective civil societies, contribute to shaping a development process that is fair, sustainable and includes everyone. The partner organizations help ensure that public participation, participatory development planning and the control of government action are not only formally anchored in laws, but are actually implemented. In this way you work on the development of the rule of law.


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Enforce civil rights for indigenous peoples

In many Latin American countries there is insufficient recognition that all citizens have rights. In conflicts over the distribution of social wealth, those who protest against the conditions are often criminalized. When human rights are violated, the perpetrators are often not held accountable. Bread for the World therefore supports partner organizations that help groups threatened by their work to enforce their rights. These groups very often include indigenous peoples.

Prevent rural exodus, create local prospects

In rural areas, arable land and other productive resources are still unevenly distributed. Absolute poverty and exclusion from social life continue to be a central problem here. Although there are now state programs to promote smallholder agriculture, especially in South America, the focus continues to be on state support for the export-oriented agro-industry. Young people in particular move to the larger cities and abroad because the social fabric in village communities is dissolving, the educational and health facilities are inadequate and there is a lack of innovative approaches to make life in the country more attractive. Bread for the World supports partner organizations in opening up life prospects for the population in rural areas.

Project examples from Latin America

On the situation of civil society

Blog posts about the region

By Wolfgang Seiß on 04/29/2021 - 02:17 am

Escazú: From contract to action, a challenge

Mexico has had countless environmental conflicts in recent years. Mostly they occur on common land. Whether mining concessions,

By guest authors on April 28, 2021 - 6:48 pm

The agricultural lobby stops Escazú - and what about the environment?

Paraguay is one of the states that have not ratified Escazú, the opinion of the Ministry of Agriculture stated that the agreement was based

By guest authors on April 28, 2021 - 5:13 pm

Paraguay: The Yerutí Case and the Soy Business

In Paraguay, the Escazú Agreement appeared to be about to be ratified. Then the government backed down. The example of

By guest authors on 04/28/2021 - 12:26 AM

No escazú, but eucalyptus and gene soy

In Paraguay, the lobby of agribusinesses and landowners is strong and in favor of the massive cultivation of GM soy as well as the expansion of the

By Johannes Icking on April 27th, 2021 - 4:43 pm

Protection in the collective

The Gurdia Indígena - Kiwe Thegnas are the defenders: inside the ancestral territories of the indigenous NASA in the region of Cauca in the southwest

By Wolfgang Seiß on April 27th, 2021 - 12:36 AM

From San Pablo de Amalí to Escazú-a journey through time

Ecuador is one of the twelve countries that have ratified the Escazú Agreement. In April a new president was elected, with whom it now goes to the

By guest authors on 04/26/2021 - 10:11 PM

Honduras: Gold mining knows no piety

Gold mining and hydropower plants on common land, who refuses to be threatened, criminalized or murdered, such as Berta Cáceres,

By guest authors on April 26th, 2021 - 9:49 pm

Honduras: Afro-indigenous community in distress

The Afro-indigenous Garífuna community Triunfo de la Cruz on the Honduran Atlantic coast reached before the Inter-American

By Wolfgang Seiß on 04/26/2021 - 02:25

Escazú - new contract, old problems?

The Escazú Agreement is now another tool to help civil society organizations, human rights defenders and indigenous peoples

By guest authors on 04/22/2021 - 11:34 PM

Why the implementation of Escazú is urgent!

In the Colombian province of Putumayo, oil companies, drug cartels, armed groups and public security forces control it

By Wolfgang Seiß on April 22nd, 2021 - 10:50 pm

Escazú in Colombia: Peace? With the environment?

Why has Colombia not ratified the Escazú Agreement? What interests prevent this? What influence does the oil industry have in the

By Wolfgang Seiß on 04/22/2021 - 02:59

Partner voices on the Escazú Agreement

Many partner organizations of Bread for the World in Latin America and the Caribbean have followed the Escazú Agreement and the stance of their respective

By Wolfgang Seiß on 04/22/2021 - 1:33 AM

Latin America: Escazú Agreement enters into force / II

Escazú regional environmental agreement enters into force - an opportunity for indigenous and local communities and the environment?

What are the challenges

By Wolfgang Seiß on April 21, 2021 - 4:42 am

Colombia and the Escazú Agreement

Escazú - another agreement that is not implemented? Colombia was one of the signatory states to the agreement, but has not yet been

By Wolfgang Seiß on April 20, 2021 - 3:14 am

Latin America: Escazú Agreement enters into force

The Escazú Regional Environment Agreement comes into force on April 22nd - An opportunity for indigenous and local communities and the environment?

By the editors on 03/15/2021 - 8:51 am

Time to rethink: stop EU Mercosur!

Four days before the global climate strike, Bread for the World, in a broad alliance, protested against this in front of the Brazilian embassy

By guest authors on December 10th, 2020 - 8:01 pm

Orphaned Peace Process in Colombia

At the beginning of December, INDEPAZ, the Colombian Institute for Development and Peace, published the number of 80 massacres in 2020. An extent

By Anna Brunner on December 2nd, 2020 - 11:22 pm

Eta, iota and missing responses from state

In the first half of November, two cyclones, Eta and Iota, hit the Nicaraguan Caribbean coast within just two weeks. Iota

By guest authors on November 2nd, 2020 - 2:50 pm

Guatemala: Corona crisis exacerbates poverty

The state of emergency ended in Guatemala on October 1, 2020. The cabinet and parliament had proclaimed him in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The lockdown

By Melanie Bleil-Rummy on October 30th, 2020 - 10:06 am

Protection of migrants: inside from enforced disappearance

"An escape must not be synonymous with the loss of rights," stated Barbara Lochbihler on the online panel discussion by Bread

By Jasmin Bergemann on 09/24/2020 - 4:35 pm

With chickens through the corona lockdown

A partnership project for keeping laying hens ensures that indigenous village communities in Guatemala have a basic food supply in the

By Christoph Kuhlmann on 08/27/2020 - 10:21 PM

The San Fernando massacre

Ten years ago, 72 migrants were kidnapped, tortured and brutally murdered in northern Mexico. The family members have their fight for

By Lisa Binder on 07/27/2020 - 11:22 am

Climate policy during Corona times: Report from partners

With the Covid-19 pandemic and the climate crisis, the world community is confronted with two global crises. Especially people in the

By Sven Hilbig on June 29th, 2020 - 4:36 pm

Time to rethink - stop the EU-Mercosur agreement!

The German government wants to use its EU Council Presidency to sign the EU-Mercosur Agreement. A contract, the large landowners and

By Thorsten Lichtblau on June 4th, 2020 - 9:07 am

Corona: "Hope creates solidarity"

After two months of curfew, people in Paraguay have been able to take to the streets again since the end of May. The consequences of the lockdown for the poor

By Thorsten Lichtblau on June 4th, 2020 - 9:07 am

Corona: "Hope creates solidarity"

After two months of curfew, people in Paraguay have been able to take to the streets again since the end of May. The consequences of the lockdown for the poor

By Tina Kleiber on May 26th, 2020 - 1:27 pm

New feminist dialogue on fundamentalism

Believing and feminist women are currently entering into a new dialogue with one another in Brazil in order to defend themselves against fundamentalism. you

By Christoph Kuhlmann on May 25th, 2020 - 12:41 pm

Hit particularly hard

What is the situation of migrants in Central America and Mexico like in times of Corona? It turns out that collective accommodation is particularly affected.

By Charlotte Spiewok on April 24th, 2020 - 5:03 pm

Corona crisis hits Ecuador hard

Dead people on the street, doctors without protective clothing and exorbitant prices for coffins - the situation in Ecuador is serious. Our partner organization INREDH

By Thorsten Lichtblau on March 24th, 2020 - 1:17 pm

Peru: The coronavirus hits the poor most of all

The coronavirus is also spreading in the partner countries of Bread for the World - with unforeseeable consequences for people. Adrian

By Thorsten Lichtblau on March 24th, 2020 - 1:17 pm

Peru: The coronavirus hits the poor most of all

The coronavirus is also spreading in the partner countries of Bread for the World - with unforeseeable consequences for people. Adrian

By Christoph Kuhlmann on February 23, 2020 - 2:05 am

The Mexican bouncer

Mexico has become the US government's bouncer. With the use of the military, migrants are prevented from traveling north. Heaviness

By guest authors on January 16, 2020 - 9:38 am

Brazilian Minister of Agriculture at the GFFA

Brazilian Minister of Agriculture and hardliner from the right-wing extremist government Bolsonaro visits the GFFA in Berlin

A text by: Brazil

By guest authors on January 16, 2020 - 9:09 am

Mercosur and the EU - nothing but car versus cow?

The planned free trade agreement between the EU and the South American confederation Mercosur should enable more cheap meat and soy from

By Melanie Bleil-Rummy on September 4th, 2019 - 8:00 am

end of an era

“Another 100 days, then our work will end”, said a few months ago Iván Velasquez, head of the International Commission against Impunity and

By Melanie Bleil-Rummy on 08/30/2019 - 8:00 am

From the victims' point of view

August 30th is International Day for Forced Disappearances Victims. The Mexican journalist Marcela gives an interview

By Tina Kleiber on 08/28/2019 - 11:23 am

Indigenous women: There is more burning than forest in Brazil

The Amazon rainforest is on fire. It's in all the newspapers. But the countless fires are not a surprise. On the contrary they are part of the

By Bernhard Walter on July 18, 2019 - 5:56 pm

Smallholder movements in Latin America under pressure

In June 2019, the 7th Congress of the Latin American member associations of La Via Campesina took place in Cuba. He made it clear that the many

By Tina Kleiber on March 14th, 2019 - 4:26 pm

A year without Marielle Franco - protest on the 1st anniversary of her death

Three years ago it was the Honduran environmentalist Berta Cáceres, today a year ago it was the MP Marielle Franco from Rio de

By Melanie Bleil-Rummy on December 17th, 2018 - 10:39 am

Murder in Colombia

On December 7, 2018, Edwin Dagua, one of the traditional authorities of the Nasa indigenous people, was shot multiple times. The murder

By Wolfgang Seiß on November 23, 2018 - 1:40 pm

Manuel López Obrador - Mexico's beacon of hope?

On December 1, 2018, the new Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will take office. He wants the country plagued by violence

By Christina Margenfeld on 10/26/2018 - 1:36 PM

Brazil's nightmare

The crisis-ridden political world situation does not exactly invite you to dream. More and more democracies or countries on the way there are executing reactionaries

By Carsta Neuenroth on 11/30/2017 - 11:50 am

Brazil: Free Fall Democracy

An impeachment process put an end to Dilma Rousseff's presidency in 2016. Since then, the current president's rigid austerity policy has continued


Take-away material

Orientation framework for Latin America

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