Central America Research Alliance (CARA)

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The Central America Research Alliance (CARA) is a partnership network focused on evidence-based advocacy in the areas of human rights, democracy and effective estates, human mobility, citizen security and inclusive development. At CARA we believe locally produced and informed knowledge is the ideal avenue to make visible the faces of the marginalized, and to identify context-sensitive proposals that can impact policy and practice. However, the research produced in the region does not always reach regional and international stakeholders. Building on a USAID-funded activity led by the University of Notre Dame that enabled civil society organizations and research institutions in Central America to produce reliable and accurate data by employing state-of-the-art data analysis techniques to inform human rights and democracy policy, CARA seeks to:

  • Build partnerships to produce high-quality research 
  • Conduct evidence-based advocacy
  • Promote capacity exchange

CARA benefits from the Pulte Institute´s generous in-kind support, faculty expertise in the region, communication platforms, and the Keough School´s presence in Washington DC.

Learn more about CARA members here. For more information regarding CARA, contact Tom Hare.

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