Latin America spans the continent of South America, Mexico, Central America, and the islands of the Caribbean, with Brazil being the largest and most populous country in Latin America, occupying almost half of South America’s landmass. The region is on fairly strong economic footing, and sound policies over the past decade have lifted more than 73 million people out of poverty and brought over 50 million into middle class. Still, problems persist: sluggish external demand and an overdependence on raw materials have impeded more inclusive growth, and the region remains very unequal, with some 82 million people living on less than $2.50 per day. Geographically, Latin America experiences the second highest incidence of flooding, landslides, earthquakes, and droughts in the world. It is also the most urbanized region in the world; about 80% percent of its people, most of them young, live in cities.
The Clinton Foundation currently operates programs across Peru, Colombia, Mexico, and Haiti. Our goal is to help each country build a safer, more prosperous future, and we do that by catalyzing market opportunities for people in underserved communities; by strengthening disaster response; and by reforesting land and working with cities to reduce their carbon emissions. In Peru and Colombia, for example, the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (Enterprise Partnership) provides job training to poor and vulnerable populations by connecting these workers and entrepreneurs to local markets, so they can increase their incomes. In Haiti, the Clinton Foundation has been active in economic development programs since 2009, and led recovery efforts following the 2010 earthquake. To date, the Clinton Foundation Haiti Fund has committed $34 million in economic development and long-term recovery projects. Our work in Haiti is also helping communities reforest land, which has been abated by extreme weather, and install solar panels on hospitals and in communities. To empower cities in Latin America to fight climate change, the Clinton Climate Initiative and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group are investing in green technologies— from low-carbon transportation in Rio de Janeiro to better waste management systems in Sao Paulo.