Promoting equality in Latin America and the Caribbean
The cooperation programme focused on developing knowledge and strengthening LAC countries’ capacities to implement synergic public policies aiming at upgrading the productive structure; improving equality and universal social protection; fostering gender equality and linking the governance of the natural resources sector to the strengthening of social equality.
The programme substantially contributed to foster the discussion and the positioning in the regional agenda of important issues pertaining to the social, economic and environmental pillars of sustainable development. For example, the solidarity-based social protection systems; women’s economic autonomy and an economic dimension of gender inequality; the analysis of current patterns of resource rent appropriation by States, and their subsequent allocation to public expenditures at various government levels.
An important number of publications, seminars, and policy dialogues with government authorities have been organized in order to foster the exchange of experiences between academics, practitioners and policy makers both from LAC and Norway. The combination of this analytical work and the provision of technical assistance to several countries of the region (Uruguay, Haiti, Dominican Republic, among others) has generated applied knowledge on the closing of structural gaps and its impact to equality, as well as the strengthening of regional capacities to design and implement public policies on these subjects.
Several outputs from the Government of Norway-ECLAC cooperation programme were used for the elaboration of the most recent ECLAC position paper submitted to member states representatives at the 2014 Session of the Commission held in Peru, titled “Compacts for equality: towards a sustainable future”. Importantly, during the session there was general consensus by member states over the integrated approach to development and the focus on equality contained in the document presented by ECLAC.