South America


Current Opinion in Insect Science, 2020, ISSN 2214-5745

The best-documented example of a solution provided by insects to address the SDGs is the value chains of insect farming as feed and food. In countries recovering from conflict, agricultural development should focus on restoring food production by smallholder farmers (SDG 1 and 2), improving their socio-economic position (SDG 8), and contributing to peace (SDG 16).

One Earth Perspective, Volume 1, ISSUE 2, P202-215, October 25, 2019

This article addresses goals 16, 12, and 15 by discussing the Initiative for the Integration of the Regional Infrastructure of South America, or IIRSA, and presenting results of a projection analysis showing that IIRSA could push the Amazonian forest past a “tipping point,” degrading biodiversity, reducing carbon storage, and harming continental agriculture.
This report conducts an analysis of the intergovernmental fiscal transfer programs whose budget allocation formulas include population criteria.Through a series of simulations in three Latin American countries (Bolivia, Ecuador, and El Salvador), it analyses what would have happened if more accurate population estimates had been used when allocating transfers to subnational governments. This contributes to SDGs 10 and 16.

Biodiversity of Pantepui, The Pristine “Lost World” of the Neotropical Guiana Highlands, 2019, Pages 403-417

This book chapter addresses goals 15, 13, and 12 by discussing conservation efforts to protect pristine and untouched land in the Pantepui area.
This article assesses governance challenges at the local level associated with SDG 6, which pledges to ensure sustainable water and sanitation for all. It reviews prior shortcomings in global monitoring efforts, as well as local governance challenges and potential barriers to implementation facing SDG 6.

World Development, Volume 118, 2019, Pages 27-38, ISSN 0305-750X,

This paper contributes to goal 4 by calling for a careful assessment of the politics of education reform, particularly teacher policy reforms. It identifies three special challenges linked to these reforms: they are generally contentious, often threatening the institutional interests of well-organized and politically powerful teacher unions; their implementation is opaque, as impact depends on classroom-level change that is difficult for reformers to monitor; and benefits are long-term, usually well beyond the political tenure of reform champions.
Contributing to goal 14 (life below water), this paper addresses the long-term process from conceptualisation to operationalisation of the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries in Uruguayan Small-Scale Fisheries. It was nominated for the May 2018 Elsevier Atlas Award.

The Electricity Journal, Volume 31, Issue 2, March 2018, Pages 13-17

Goal 7 sets a target to increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix by 2030. Nominated for the Elsevier Atlas Award in March 2018, this article looks at wind energy in Brazil and examines the approaches taken, such as investment coordination mechanisms, that have reduced risks enough to make wind energy a viable option.

International Journal of Educational Development, Volume 59, March 2018, Pages 28-34

Education is an important factor in improving quality life among the world's poor and yet keeping young women, in particular, in education remains a consistent challenge. Nominated for the Elsevier Atlas Award in March 2018, this article examines a scholarship programme for young indigenous women and how education is a tool for women's empowerment, advancing SDGs 4 and 5.

Biodiversity of Pantepui: The Pristine “Lost World” of the Neotropical Guiana Highlands, 2019, Pages 403-417

This book chapter addresses goals 13 and 15 by summarising studies carried out to date aimed at estimating the potential impact of the projected global warming by the end of this century on the Pantepui biota, particularly on vascular plants.