Program on Latin America and the Caribbean (Programa para América Latina y el Caribe - Versión en Español)

Part of the Department of International Studies, the Latin America program identifies partners, convenes appropriate audiences, advises on strategy, promotes research, and develops materials for education and training on key topics related to land use in 19 countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

A knowledgeable and reliable partner, a resource, and a facilitator of discussion for land policy, we develop activities for both scholars and practitioners, including legislative and executive policy officials and their senior technical staff in three areas that are critical to land policy in Latin America:

  • Mitigation of rampant informality involves improving our understanding of the functioning of formal and informal urban land markets and of the legal foundations of property and land tenure rights to encourage sustainable, preventative policies.
  • Reinforcement of self-financing explores the potential to recover land value increments resulting from local public investments, administrative changes affecting land use, and exploration of the potential for improvement in property tax performance.
  • Impacts of public interventions assesses how investments in urban infrastructure and services, as well as regulatory interventions, affect the built environment in cities and the efficient and socially inclusive use of land.