Central America Research Alliance (CARA)

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The Central America Research Alliance (CARA) is a partnership network that focuses on evidence-based advocacy. CARA grew out of a USAID-funded activity and has been sustained to date through the generosity of Pulte Institute donors. 

At CARA, we ask: How does a focus on integral human development and dignity help people flourish? How do we make visible the faces of the marginalized? And how can we use that visibility to inform policy and practice?

  • Our vision in the region supports the Pulte strategic plan through research partnerships based on solidarity and accompaniment that bring together humanitarianism, poverty and inequality, and effective states – understanding that we cannot have effective states without unique voices, and we cannot have truly integral human development without effective states
  • Our approach builds on and supports current partnerships and Notre Dame and other faculty expertise in the region 
  • Our focus is unique as we examine both macro systemic issues and micro individual flourishing 
  • Our experience has attracted private donations, continued USAID funding, and outreach from partner organizations

CARA Members

Cristosal Centro de Documentación de Honduras (CEDOH) FUSADES Instituto Centroamericano de Estudios Sociales y Desarrollo (INCEDES) Instituto Universitario de Opinión Pública (IUDOP) Fundación Nacional para el Desarrollo (FUNDE)
Universidad Rafael Landívar Servicio Social Pasionista (SSPAS) Universidad Centroamericana de Managua Instituto Interdisciplinario de Estudios Sociales Centro de Investigación y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos (CIPRODEH)

Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana (UNITEC)

Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas (UCA)
Programa Estado de la Región La Coordinadora de Instituciones Privadas Pro las Niñas, Niños, Adolescentes, Jóvenes y sus Derechos (Red COIPRODEN) Instituto de Derechos Humanos de la UCA (IDHUCA) Instituto Centroamericana de Estudios Fiscales (ICEFI) Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras  

For more information, contact Tom Hare.

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