Housing program in Venezuela off-track, partly highlighting need to think beyond public financing
An ambitious program to close the housing gap in Venezuela is off track and unlikely to succeed for three core reasons. These help highlight the limitations of centralized, publically-financed solutions in providing effective measures to mitigate effects of climate change.
In 2010, President launched a relief effort to eliminate the housing gap by 2017, known as Misión Vivienda Venezuela (MVV). This program will build an average of 250,000 houses per year.
Sources:FORO June 2011 pages 10:
Public perception of corruption threatens democratic legitimacy throughout Latin America
FORO writes, "Two decades after a wave of democratization swept Latin America, public trust in democratic institutions continues to be low. Not coincidentally, perceptions of corruption are high while high-profile corruption scandals constantly occupy headlines. In 2010, the highest echelons of government in several countries are being affected by corruption scandals and are condemned by a sizeable sector of public opinion." Numerous scandals have swept through the region, affecting Argentina, Venezuela, Peru, Paraguay, and Brazil.
Sources:FORO Nacional/Internacional, May 2010, page 3: http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/FORO_May2010.pdf#page=3
Corporación Latinobarómetro, Informe 2009, Santiago de Chile Accessed: 05/25/2010.
Regarding the repercussions of this case in the Argentinean media, see for example: Smink, Veronica, “Argentina: polémica por denuncias de corrupción”, BBC Mundo, Cono Sur, April 24, 2010 Accessed: 05/25/2010. About the Peruvian case, see for example: López, Sinesio, “El jefe (¿Impoluto?)”, Lima: La República, May, 05,2010. Accessed: 05/25/2010.
Álvarez, Augusto, “Anticorrupción solo para la tribuna”, Lima: La República, April, 30, 2010, Accessed: 05/25/2010
Decentralized cooperation initiatives better than official development assistance mechanisms?
"Decentralized cooperation (DC) is emerging as an important cooperation mechanism for some donors, and refers to international cooperation initiatives between sub-national governments (SNG) through projects and technical cooperation. There are two current experiences: (1) From European Union SNGs to Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) SNGs; and (2) within MERCOSUR cities under the MERCOCIUDADES program.
Sources:FORO Nacional International, August 2010, pg. 4: