The Program on Latin America and Caribbean holds an annual requests for research proposal on key themes related to land policy and urban development in the Latin America region. Approximately 10 to 15 original research proposals are selected annually. Over the years, the Program's research initiative has generated a body of knowledge on themes ranging from the relationship between formal and informal land markets, the effects and benefits of value capture, effective approaches to address informal settlements, affordable housing and social-spatial segregation, and the relationship between land policy and climate change adaptation. This year the Institute’s Latin America and Caribbean Program (LAC) will complement its traditional call for research on the fiscal, legal, social, and environmental dimensions of land policy with requests for proposals on two new themes: land policy and urban health outcomes; and planning institutions and practices. Commissioned research generates a number of publications, supports the Institute's educational programs, and helps build a network of senior and junior researchers and educational institutions across the region.