Latin America and the Caribbean Program


Portal photoICNL supports the efforts of local partners throughout Latin America and the Caribbean to promote a legal environment that strengthens civil society, advances freedom of association, fosters philanthropy, and enables public participation. We collaborate with leaders of civil society organizations (CSOs), government officials, legislators, academics, and others to develop reform proposals that meet local needs. ICNL has recently carried out activities in Bolivia, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, and Venezuela.

To learn more about our programs in Latin America and the Caribbean or request assistance, please contact Jocelyn Nieva, Legal Advisor for Latin America, at


Country Reports

ICNL has collaborated with partners to produce reports on the legal environment for CSOs in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, and Peru.

Online Library

ICNL’s Spanish language resources include laws, regulations, and analysis from 25 Latin American and Caribbean countries.

Civic Freedom Monitor

ICNL produces country profile reports that provide an overview of key issues relating to the freedom of association and the NGO legal framework, with a focus on legal barriers affecting civil society. Civic Freedom Monitor reports are available for Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Venezuela, and the Organization of American States.

United States International Grantmaking Country Reports

ICNL prepares reports describing the legal framework for civil society to assist grantmakers and their advisors. USIG reports are available for Argentina, Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela.

Challenges and Opportunities to Promote More Enabling Legal Environments for Civil Society Organizations: A Look at Six Latin American Countries

is now available in English and Spanish. Partners in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and Panama gathered data on the practical impact of laws governing civil society organizations, then convened national dialogues with representatives of civil society, national and local governments, academia, and other sectors on their findings. The regional report summarizes the results of the research and dialogues, and presents significant findings and problematic trends. More information about the project, along with links to the partners’ country reports and research tools used in the six countries, is available here.

Professors Unite to Promote Teaching CSO Law

Many civil society organizations (CSOs) across the Americas struggle to understand legal requirements that are confusing or even hostile to the sector. The CSOs’ challenge is greater because they typically lack access to lawyers trained to meet their special legal needs. ICNL and the University of San Pedro Sula in Honduras brought together professors from 15 countries to address this deficit in the July 2013 Regional Conference on Teaching Civil Society Law. Click here for more information on this initiative, including a video on the Conference and a Spanish language publication on lessons in teaching CSO Law, Promoviendo la Enseñanza del Derecho de las Organizaciones de Sociedad Civil en América Latina: Aportes de Expertos Regionales.