Latin America and the Caribbean Program

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ICNL 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


FATF Toolkit

Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Laws and the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Standards and Procedures: A Spanish language toolkit for not-for-profit organizations. Materials are also available in English.

Normas anti lavado de activos y contra el financiamiento al terrorismo y los estándares y procedimientos del Grupo de Acción Financiera Internacional (GAFI): Una caja de herramientas para las organizaciones sin fines de lucro.

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.

ICNL is committed to preventing trafficking in persons. Our plan for Honduras is here and our plan for Jamaica is here.

Legal Enabling Environment Program

ICNL is pleased to share the fellowship paper produced by Brazilian professor Patricia Maria Emerenciano de Mendonça, Parcerias entre Estado e OSCs – desafios na construção de colaborações para implementação da Lei 13.019/2014 (Partnerships between the State and CSOs: Challenges in building collaboration for the implementation of Law No. 13.019 of 2014).  Professor Mendonça’s analysis looks at the history of Sector-State negotiations over Law No. 13.019, Brazil’s landmark legislation on sector-State collaboration in publicly-funded CSO activities and in policymaking.  The paper explores the challenges of implementing that law at the local government level by examining three case studies: the state of Bahia and the municipalities of Florianopolis and Belo Horizonte.  The paper concludes with a series of practical recommendations to assist CSOs and local officials to collaborate on more effective implementing regulations for the law in Brazil’s more than 5,000 states and municipalities.


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

This report 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.