RIMISP: Core Support for Rural Development Research Phase 2
Territorial inequalities persist in many parts of Latin America. For example, the mountainous Andean territories are often much poorer than coastal territories. Despite progress in some Latin American countries, about half of the region's territories show no signs of economic growth and they have not reduced poverty. Many policymakers in Latin America now recognize the need to better balance national and territorial objectives to ensure more equitable and widespread development. This project aims to contribute to policy and institutional change that reduces territorial inequalities, and encourages greater development of non-urban regions. The project will be led by the Latin American Centre for Rural Development (RIMISP), building on an existing research and policy-influencing program in Latin America. Project results will translate into recommendations at the national and sub-national levels to encourage strategies and investments that improve the lives of people in under-developed territories. Along with informing national and regional policies, the project encourages the private sector to adapt their practices to support territorial cohesion. As well, this project will support RIMISP's objectives of becoming an internationally recognized centre for place-based policies and territorial equality, and extending its research into other developing regions in Africa and Asia.