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Thursday, July 20, 2006 


Afro-Latinos, Canada and Poverty in the Americas

Carlo Dade, Senior Advisor FOCAL with assistance from Aleisha Arnusch, Intern

One of the greatest challenges to development in Latin America is the prevalence of unequal social development. In this regard, descendants from Africa, or Afro-Latinos, are particularly burdened by political, economic, and social marginalization within Latin America. Afro-Latinos constitute approximately a third of the region’s population; yet, they are close to half of the region’s poor. Despite this cor-relation, Afro-Latinos have not received the recognition, attention and amount of targeted funding as indigenous peoples have. Afro-Latinos remain largely an “invisible” sector of Latin American society and many of the tools that the World Bank has identified as essential to poverty reduction – such as education, stable employment, and land titles – are inaccessible to many Afro-Latinos.

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