Latin America Against Poverty and Inequality (LAPI) is Oxfam IBIS' regional programme on Latin America concentrating on indigenous peoples, climate change and extractive industries

The concept of "free, informed and prior consent" was for a long time mostly a grand idea about how negotiations between strong international mining companies and disadvantaged local communities should take place openly and freely, and with all the necessary information available, and in plenty of time before extracting gold or oil - for example.

To day the concept is widely recognised, and Oxfam IBIS' partners have now taken the next step and developed tools and trained local partners in using them.

Knowledge is often the key to influence. This is why studies and knowledge sharing are central to the work of LAPI. In 2014, this resulted in an analysis of the social and environmental consequences of building the Nicaragua Canal, two studies showing the extent of tax evasion in Guatemala and Ecuador, and a landmark report on the social conflicts caused by the mining industry in Guatemala. Oxfam IBIS has helped our partners to use this new knowledge in order to create debate, discussion and gain influence.

Maintaining the attention of the Danish and international community with regard to Latin America is a task in itself.  This is why Oxfam IBIS has spearheaded the Danish Latinamerika Akademi (Latin America Academy), which gathers together the organisations working in and with Latin America. Together, we have held a very well attended conference on Latin America in Copenhagen.

Facts about LAPI

Latin America Against Poverty and Inequality (LAPI) was launched in 2010 and focuses on the mining industry in South and Central America, climate change and the rights of indigenous peoples. Via LAPI, Oxfam IBIS is in charge of gathering Danish organisations and individuals interested in Latin America.

LAPI has 12 partners in six countries, as well as a number of regional networks.Milestones of LAPI

  • Oxfam IBIS partner ICEFI published a report on the mining industry's limited contributions to the Guatemalan economy. 
  • In Guatemala, LAPI's partners worked together to devise a proposal for a reform of the country's mining law.
  • 24 women did an university course on international climate negotiations. 10 of them subsequently represented their people and countries at COP20 in Lima.

Fast actions block