NIMD’s work in Latin America requires a regional approach, in addition to the specific country programmes.
The Latin American Regional Programme (LARP) provides support for each of the five country programmes in the region and facilitates south-south exchange of best practices, peer reviews and policy exchanges between practitioners on specific topics and skills. The exchange between NIMD Guatemala and NIMD/IDEA Ecuador has contributed to both programmes in terms of vision development.
The programme has also encouraged the development of local expertise and institutional material for NIMD in the region, and the representation of NIMD in Latin American and related international forums.
Since 2008, NIMD's Media and Politics programme has also been part of LARP. The programme team used 2009 to develop contacts with key partners such as RNW and RNTC as a follow-up to the previous Media and Politics programme activities. The Media & Politics programme contributed to enhanced awareness of the role of the media in support for democracy and the debates raised issues such as regional integration and the association agreements that do not receive a lot of media coverage though they do establish important political developments.
The debates also sensitized politicians about the media strategy of their political parties and how they can play an active role in ensuring media attention to important political events and developments.
In 2011 NIMD organized several activities on Democracy and Security. Together with International IDEA and the Centre on International Cooperation (CIC) of the New York University, case studies were developed and discussed on the link between organized crime and political parties with special attention to the role of Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTOs) and state capture in West Africa and Latin America. In addition, NIMD together with the Radio Nederland Training Centre, the Central American University in Managua, the police of Nicaragua and the Netherlands embassy in Nicaragua, organized several activities with politicians and journalists on their respective points of views on policies to combat crime and media coverage and analysis of criminal events with special attention for Central America and the role of the SICA.
The main focus of NIMD’s regional Latin America conference was on exchanging information on political and programmatic developments and getting to know each others experiences in a more profound manner. The matter of fundraising was also discussed in-depth during the conference, as well as the plans and the necessities of the forthcoming years.
• Political parties
• Media organizations
• Asociación para el Desarrollo, Organización, Servicios y Estudios Socioculturales (DOSES), Guatemala
• Instituto de Prensa y Libertad de Expresión (IPLEX), Costa Rica
• Diario Digital El Faro (digital newspaper), El Salvador
• Radio Netherlands Training Centre Costa Rica (RNTC)
• Instituto de Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS), Peru
• United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
• Spanish Agency for International Cooperation (AECI)
• Proyectamérica (Chilean think tank)
• Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLASCO)
• Radio Netherlands World Service (RNW)