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March 09, 2018
What do a Puerto Rican model, an Italian model, and a Canadian fitness coach have in common? All of their identities have been used by the Cuban government to create fake social media accounts... Read More
February 15, 2018
2018 is a banner year for Mexican voters. On July 1, more than 3,400 positions for federal, state and local offices will be contested. Elections include the national presidency, governors in nine states (Chiapas, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Morelos, Puebla, Tabasco, Veracruz, Yucatan, and Mexico... Read More
January 17, 2018
For the second time, the Federal Government of Mexico, through the Secretariat of Public Function and the Coordination of the National Digital Strategy, gave annual recognition to organizations and departments that are making the government more open and collaborative. This year, the... Read More
January 03, 2018
Shared histories, a common language, and emerging democratic legislatures are common threads that link Colombia, Guatemala and Peru. Citizens in each country have overwhelmingly voiced their support for the growth and sustainability of democratically-elected governments, and as a result, leaders... Read More
January 02, 2018
On June 18, 2016, Mexico transitioned to a new penal justice code—an accusatory system based on a presumption of innocence. The new code created an independent prosecutor’s office and alternative mechanisms for resolving conflicts. For example, now Mexicans can address local amicable disputes... Read More
December 27, 2017
Por segunda vez, el Gobierno Federal de México a través de la Secretaría de la Función Pública y la Coordinación de la Estrategia Digital Nacional entregan los... Read More
December 06, 2017
Providing results on Election Day is a fairly common practice in the Americas, but not this time in Honduras. According to international and national observers, voting on November 26 took place peacefully and without major problems. But when the polls closed, things began to go sideways. Both... Read More
July 17, 2017
Recientemente mi organización iLifebelt participó en eMerge Americas, un evento mágico lleno de innovación, ideas y esperanza que tuvo lugar en Miami en Junio. Si, esperanza para tener en el futuro próximo una Latinoamérica más próspera a través de la... Read More
June 26, 2017
Seize the moment was the unofficial motto of our first House Democracy Partnership (HDP) technical assistance consultancy (TAC) to Guatemala. Guatemala is at a critical juncture. Since 2015, the nation has undergone a democratic revolution of sorts. The legislature has answered citizen calls for... Read More
June 22, 2017
The first of June, I was fortunate to be traveling with an IRI-sponsored delegation of municipal leaders from La Lima, Honduras, and Salcajá, Guatemala, to Costa Rica and Panama, made possible through a grant from the government of Canada. Our meetings focused on best practices on community... Read More