During the past decade, the presence of extractive companies, national and multinational, has exponentially grown in Latin America. Despite the wealth in natural resources and biodiversity, operating in the region still poses numerous challenges to those willing to take the risk. Political instability and weak governance are present in many of the countries, especially in those that face –or have faced- violent conflict. Security remains a considerable issue. Additionally, the region has been characterised by high levels of poverty and fragile economies, despite the recent growth in some countries.
It is in this context that International Alert has established working relationships with government agencies, community organisations and numerous companies from the extractive, agricultural and construction sectors. We facilitate and provide space for dialogue between people in the different sectors, helping them manage their risks and impacts and promoting best practices of business in respecting human rights. Alert works with a wide range of people with the understanding that, in the long run, relationships are the basis for solving conflict just as they are for igniting it.