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. The Clinton Foundation has committed $36 million to support relief efforts and long-term development.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. From 2007-2012, the Clinton Climate Initiative and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group empowered cities in Latin America to invest in green technologies and fight climate change— including Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo’s deployment of low-carbon transportation, Bogotá, Colombia’s retrofitting of traffic lights, and Mexico City’s improvement of waste management systems. In 2012, the C40 became a separate entity that continues to empower cities around the world.