Central America Research Alliance (CARA)

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About CARA

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

For more information, contact Tom Hare.

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Relevant News and Research

Presentation: Central America: Charting a Path to Prosperity at Home (Presented in partnership with the World Affairs Council of St. Louis)

Policy Brief: Addressing the Sex and Gender-Based Violence in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador Fueling the U.S. Border Crisis: Corruption, Impunity, and Violence Against Women and Girls

Report: Addressing the Sex and Gender-Based Violence in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador Fueling the U.S. Border Crisis: Corruption, Impunity, and Violence Against Women and Girls

Central America and Emigration: Beyond the "Root Causes"

Emigration, Deportation, and Refugees During the Pandemic - Harsh Realities and Key Recommendations for Honduras

Evaluating social protective factors for violence involvement in Honduras

Human Rights, Migration, and COVID-19 in Guatemala: Significant Challenges and Important Opportunities

Identifying high-risk young adults for violence prevention: a validation of psychometric and social scales in Honduras

Informe de Migración de Hondureños en el Contexto de la Pandemia Covid-1

Los Derechos Humanos en Guatemala Aproximación a Los - Retos y Desafíos en la Actualidad

New book on Honduras includes a chapter co-authored by Pulte Institute associate