Central America



·        Comisión Centroamericana Permanente para la Erradicación de la Producción, Tráfico, Consumo y Uso Ilícitos de Estupefacientes y Sustancias Psicotrópicas –CCP- Permanent Central American Commission for the Eradication of Production, Traffic, Consumption, and Illegal Uses of Drugs and Psyco-tropic Substances.  Based in Tegucigalpa (Honduras).


·        Confederación Superior Universitaria Centroamericana –SUCA- SUCA is the organization created by the Consejo Superior Univesitario Centroamericano (Central American Universities High Council) fifty years ago to channel the integrationist vocation of the Central American public universities to carry out their initiatives, policies, and plans of regional improvement in higher education.  SUCA promotes change and brings together several sectors of society and academic life to bring about economic, political, social, and cultural development.



·        Instituto Centroamericano de la Salud The Instituto Centroamericano de la Salud (Central American Health Institute) is a Central American, non-government, non-profit organisation without political affiliations; dedicated exclusively to the improvement of the health of the population of Central America.


·        Instituto de Nutrición de Centroamerica y Panamá –INCAP- The Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama was created in 1946 to contribute to the development of science in nutrition, to promote its application, and to strengthen the capacity of the member countries to solve their nutritional problems.  To implement its mission, INCAP is developing its “Institutional Strategic Plan” for the decade 1991-2000, which focuses on the promotion of food and nutritional security.  Its members are Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, and Belize (since 1990).


§         Ministries of Education in the Americas and the Caribbean

o       Costa Rica 

o       Guatemala 

o       Panama


·        Organismo Internacional Regional de Sanidad Agropecuaria –OIRSA- OIRSA was established in October 1953 during the fifth Conference of Ministers of Agriculture, ratified in 1987.  It is integrated by Mexico, Central America, Panama and Belize.  Its major goal is to facilitate the economic and social development of the region, through the promotion of quality agricultural production, and an acceptable environment, to satisfy the needs of the population.  OIRSA provides support to governments to help develop their plans of animal health, vegetal sanitation, and strengthening of their productive systems.  It also coordinates and makes recommendations on the needs to prevent and fight plagues and diseases that harm agriculture at the regional and international level.




·        American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) Founded in 1930, the American Public Human Services Association is a nonprofit, bipartisan organization of individuals and agencies concerned with human services. Our members include all state and many territorial human service agencies, more than 1,200 local agencies, and several thousand individuals who work in or otherwise have an interest in human service programs. APHSA educates members of Congress, the media, and the broader public on what is happening in the states concerning welfare, child welfare, health care reform, and other issues involving families and the elderly.


·        Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) CLASP is a national non-profit organization with expertise in both law and policy affecting the poor. Through education, policy research and advocacy, CLASP seeks to improve the economic security of low-income families with children and secure access for low-income persons to our civil justice system.


·        Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) ESRI -- A nonprofit, nonpartisan institute, that conducts research and studies directed at enhancing the effectiveness of social programs, improving the way health care services are organized and delivered, making quality health care accessible and affordable.


·        Editions Quart Monde Extreme poverty is a violation of Human Rights Working together against it builds a better future for all. This site is dedicated to the World Day to Overcome Extreme Poverty, celebrated on October 17th. The day, officially recognised by the United Nations in 1992, was born from the initiative of thousands of people who gathered at the Human Rights Plaza in Paris, France in 1987.


·        ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education ERIC, a national education information network, is part of the National Library of Education, U.S. Department of Education. The goal of ERIC is to identify, select, process, and disseminate information in education. The ERIC system consists of 16 clearinghouses, each serving a specialized field of education; adjunct clearinghouses on specific aspects of education; and support services. ERIC components offer products and services including ERIC Digests, major publications, user products, bibliographies, referrals, and computer searches.


o       ERIC/ACVE Major publications          


·        ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education The Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) is a national information system designed to provide users with ready access to an extensive body of education-related literature. The ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education (ERIC/EECE) is one of 16 clearinghouses in the ERIC system, which is part of the National Library of Education, funded by the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), U.S. Department of Education. ERIC clearinghouses identify and select documents and journal articles, and then prepare entries describing the documents and articles to be incorporated in the ERIC database, the world's most frequently used collection of information on education. Clearinghouses also publish digests, monographs, and other publications; answer questions; disseminate information on the Internet; and represent ERIC at conferences and workshops. See the ERIC System page for more information.


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·        International Bureau of Education The International Bureau of Education (IBE) is a UNESCO centre for information and research in the field of comparative education. It focuses on the renewal of education curricula, contents, methods and materials, with particular emphasis on human and civic values.


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·        International Council on Social Welfare Founded in 1928, The International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW) is a non-governmental organization.  Our membership consists of global, regional, national and local organizations, of varied backgrounds and expertise, from every region of the world. We are represented in more than 70 countries, most of which are in the developing world.  


·        National Association of Welfare Research and Statistics The National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics is a nonprofit association whose purpose is to exchange ideas for the advancement of research
and statistics in the field of public welfare. NAWRS is organized exclusively for educational and scientific purposes.


·        Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos Para la Educación, la Ciencia y la Cultura –OEI- The “Organization of Iberian American States for Education, Science, and Culture”, is an intergovernmental organization for co-operation in the fields mentioned in the context of global development, democracy and regional integration. The full member-states and observers are all the Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries that integrate de Nations Community: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela. The OEI Secretary General headquarters is located in Madrid, Spain and it has also official representations in Santafe de Bogota (Colombia), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Lima (Peru), Mexico, D.F. (Mexico), San Salvador (El Salvador) and technical offices in Santiago (Chile), Tegucigalpa (Honduras) and Managua (Nicaragua).


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·        People 2 People Synergos is an independent, nonprofit institute dedicated to developing effective sustainable solutions to global poverty. Working with partners, Synergos strengthens the capacity of grant making organizations and bridging leaders in Asia, Africa and Latin America to reduce poverty. Synergos works with government agencies, corporations, individuals and the nonprofit sector to strengthen the support and cooperation communities receive from civil society, government and the private business sector. Synergos, headquartered in New York City, is funded by foundations, corporations, international agencies and individual contributors.


·        Regional Education Office for Latin America and the Caribbean The headquarters of OREALC, the Regional Education Office for Latin America and the Caribbean is in Santiago, Chile. Sub-regional offices are in San José, Costa Rica, Quito, Ecuador, and Kingston, Jamaica. It works jointly with the Regional Center for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean in Caracas, Venezuela and with CARNEID in Bridgetown, Barbados, as well as with UNESCO offices in the various countries within the region. OREALC's mission is to support countries in their efforts to improve educational quality and equity, seeking to foster a culture of peace, tolerance and democracy. In so doing, it follows the general guidelines of UNESCO as set forth in the organization's General Conferences as well as in the mandates and recommendations of the education ministers of the countries within the region.


·        The Center on Urban Poverty and Social Change The Center on Urban Poverty and Social Change was established in August 1988 with grants from the Rockefeller and Cleveland Foundations. Located in the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, the Center seeks to address the problems of persistent and concentrated urban poverty and is dedicated to understanding how social and economic changes affect low-income communities, and how living in these communities affects the well-being of their residents. Activities of the Center also reflect an interest in how social and economic conditions can be improved through community generated strategies for change, as well as reforms in the ways institutions and service organizations respond to community needs.