Latin America

Evidence and Lessons from Latin America (ELLA)


The Source Book is pleased to showcase the work of the below knowledge exchange programme and to feature its uploads on this website, starting off with (a) a link to ELLA's Collated Materials on the Extractive Industries; and (b) the following ELLA brief of May 2012 which has proven a consistently very popular download from this website:

"Ecuador’s Yasuní–ITT: Rethinking the Conservation vs. Extraction Dilemma"; Ecuador has made an innovative promise: not to drill for oil in the Yasuní National Park in exchange for international financial support for environmentally-friendly development projects, offsetting the income it forgoes. Is this a model for the future – and will it work?

ELLA is a knowledge sharing and learning platform, funded by the UK Department for International Development. The programme shares knowledge of recent Latin American experiences on selected  economic, environmental and governance issues; supports learning between Latin American, African and South Asian countries; and provides a networking platform for organisations and individuals to link to Latin America.

Three of the themes addressed by ELLA relate directly to the extractive industries: Extractive Industry Investment Policies; Extractive Industries and Land Use; Extractive Industries and Conflict Management. For each theme a set of knowledge materials have been produced, including a Guide, several Briefs, and Spotlights on Knowledge and on Organisations. For more information on the programme, and to access the knowledge materials on all 24 ELLA themes, visit the ELLA website.

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