The Latin American and the Caribbean countries with greatest numbers of conflicts are those with broad social inequalities and governments with limited capacity to manage unrest. Social, institutional and cultural tensions in Latin America are numerous, compared to other regions, and are characterized by a high degree of citizen participation, our reports show. UNDP’s worldwide experience shows that democratic dialogue is a crucial means to strengthen democratic institutions. Social conflict can be a constructive tool for peoples’ demands for improved quality of life. If they are managed through dialogue and negotiation and its causes are addressed they are rich opportunities for profound transformations—and for a more equitable and just Latin America and the Caribbean.
What we are doing
UNDP works with governments and civil society organizations in the region to strengthen skills and to prevent and manage conflicts and risks arising from social and political tensions. The overall strategy is to boost democratic institutions, making them more receptive to citizens’ needs and demands. We provide tailored technical assistance and innovative methodologies to improve social capabilities for conflict prevention, manage crises and build consensus.