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Latin America and the Caribbean

Latin American and Caribbean nations have made immense strides in extending global opportunity, connecting isolated communities of young people, and elevating young people. However, much progress remains in empowering the region’s over 250 million young people as globally engaged, connected citizens moving societies forward.

Latin America and the Caribbean

Investing in a safer, sustainable, and prosperous region

In the last two decades, Latin American and Caribbean nations have made immense strides in extending global opportunity, connecting isolated communities of young people, and elevating the place of children and youth. Metrics across the board, including measures of youth employment, community engagement, and cultural connectivity, have improved substantially – records that countries across this region can be rightfully proud of. 

However, much progress remains. Endemic crime and high youth unemployment pose serious risks to young people across the region. As regional economic growth has slowed, many young people have found themselves without real opportunity and left behind by a changing global economy. At the same time, without empowerment as globally connected, engaged citizens in their community, many are becoming isolated and increasingly susceptible to crime and violence – threatening to destabilize societies already under stress. Children and youth in particularly isolated regions, as well as regions of the continent with ongoing insurgencies and political instability, are particularly at risk, to the detriment of regions that still have significant paths of recovery ahead of them.

Advancing global opportunity, integrating youth into the global economy, supporting the right of children to participate, and building a generation of engaged, globally connected citizens are not merely investments in young people – they are investments in sustainable growth, catalysts for lasting peace and political stability, and bulwarks against crime, violence, and endemic regional issues. Latin America’s future rests in the hands of its more than 250 million young people – a historic generation – and whether they are empowered as agents of political stability, actors in a global economy, and catalysts of peace and sustainable growth.

In partnership with the Latin American people, the IAYG family is working to advance global opportunity in every part of the region. Our commitments are especially focused on underserved communities of young people. Latin America and the Caribbean remains a region of vast disparities. Reaching young people left behind by global change is critical to elevating all young people and strengthening the futures of entire societies.

Our Operations in Latin America and the Caribbean

The IAYG family’s operations in Latin America and the Caribbean are among our most extensive, and include operations across all primary sectors of work. Our commitments to the region include close collaboration with Latin American and Caribbean governments, community-based organizations, civil society, academic institutions, and young people themselves. Learn more about our primary sectors of work

As the region-level oversight organization of the IAYG family in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Regional Directorate for Latin America and the Caribbean facilitates communication between country offices, helps oversee their work, and leads the general commitment of IAYG family institutions and partners across the entire region. 

The Office of the Director is responsible for general leadership of the IAYG family in the region. Additionally,  four deputy offices report directly to the Office, and are responsible for leading facets of the IAYG family’s commitment to the region:

  • The Office of the Deputy Director for Administration oversees relationships between country offices, region-wide programmatic administration, and regional strategic direction. As the most senior deputy organization, the Office additionally exercises extensive oversight over programmes conducted at local and national levels in the region.
  • The Office of the Deputy Director for Partnerships and Government Relations oversees joint coordination and region-wide partnerships with governments, inter-governmental organizations, civil society, private sector, and other stakeholders. To learn more about the IAYG family’s legacy of partnerships, click here
  • The Office of the Deputy Director for Programme Development oversees the IAYG family’s programme, in-kind assistance, and joint-venture programme pipeline across the region. The office is responsible for programme development across every sector of work in the IAYG family.
  • The Office of the Deputy Director for Communications and Accountability is responsible for communications, community relations, and transparency in operation across the regional branch. In its capacity ensuring accountable governance, the office works closely with the IAYG family’s Office for Accountability and Accessible Governance (OAAG). Learn more about our commitment to transparency and accountability here.

Alphabetical Listing of Countries and Regions

The Regional Directorate for Latin America and the Caribbean oversees all country offices, programmes, institutional partnerships, and partnerships in the following countries and areas. Additionally, the Directorate is responsible for relationships with Latin American and Caribbean governments, civil society partners, and other IAYG family relationships.
Please note that the names and designations shown below and in the map are for reference purposes and do not imply endorsement by the IAYG family.
 
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Anguilla
Barbados
Belize
Bolivia
Brazil
British Virgin Islands
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
Cuba
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
Grenada
Guatemala
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Jamaica
Mexico
Montserrat
Nicaragua
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Suriname
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
Uruguay
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
Regional Directorate for Latin America and the Caribbean
Communications, Transparency, and Public Relations Desk
lac@iaygfamily.org
 

Enquiries about partnerships are handled by the Office of the Deputy Director for Partnerships and Government Relations, and should be directed to lac-pgr@iaygfamily.org.

IAYG family media partners should contact Ms. Karen Ome (karen.ome@iaygfamily.org). To learn more about regional media contacts, click here.

Queries relating to governance, accountability, corruption, and/or ethics should be made here.

To contact the Directorate for Latin America and the Caribbean with regard to programme information or general enquiries, please fill out the form below:

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