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Latin America

Ashoka Argentina


Ashoka champions and provides scholarships to social entrepreneurs that are committed to social change. A global organization, Ashoka works with social entrepreneurs whose projects have addressed innovative solutions to problems in education, health, environment, diversity, and citizen participation. Founded in 1994. Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Avina Foundation


Rooted in the global South, the Avina Foundation works to drive collaborative processes that bring about systemic changes in favor of human dignity and care for the planet. Founded in 1994. Location: Panama City, Panama.

Charles Darwin Foundation


The Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands (CDF) was founded in 1959 by a team of worldwide conservationists to provide scientific solutions that protect the Galapagos Islands. This non-governmental organization has protected many species on the islands from going extinct, helped set up marine preserves, and trained many Galapagueño and Ecuadorian students. Founded in 1959. Location: Galapagos, Ecuador.

Comité Nacional Pro-Defensa de la Flora y Fauna


Comité Nacional Pro-Defensa de la Flora y Fauna (CODEFF) Chile works to inspire environmental responsibility in Chilean society in order to protect the country’s natural resources. Their programs range from protecting Humboldt Penguin colonies to creating marine sanctuaries and managing protected areas. The non-governmental organization plays a central role in safeguarding Chile’s environmental heritage. Founded in 1968. Location: Santiago, Chile.

Confederación de Nacionalidades Indígenas del Ecuador


The Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that brings together indigenous communities in Ecuador in order to protect their land rights, culture, and language. Collectively, the organization seeks equality and justice for indigenous peoples and channels their power into civic participation in order to create lasting social change. Location: Quito, Ecuador.

Conservação Internacional Brazil


Conservation International is a Brazilian non-governmental organization (NGO) that works to ensure a healthy and productive planet for all. A part of a global network, in Brazil this NGO focuses on protecting regions such as Três Fronteiras, Matopiba, and the Paraguaçu Basin and on the issues of sustainable agriculture, indigenous people’s rights, public policy, and climate change. Founded in 1990. Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Conservación Patagónica / Tompkins Conservation


Merged with Tompkins Conservation, Conservación Patagónica works to create national parks in Patagonia in order to protect wildlands and wildlife and generate healthy economic opportunities for local communities. With just 5% of Patagonia under protection (compared to a global average of 14%), the region needs formal conservation and safeguarding against unchecked corporate development. Founded in 2000. Location: Valle Chacabuco, Chile.

Greenpeace Brasil


Greenpeace established a presence in Brazil in the early 1990s, and its first victory was helping create a ban on the import of toxic waste. Since then, the non-governmental organization has been campaigning diligently against illegal and predatory logging in the Amazon, increasing awareness about reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and pressuring the government to encourage alternative energy. Founded in 1992. Location: São Paulo, Brazil.

Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation


Located in the heart of the Iwokrama rainforest, the Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation advocates selective timber harvesting, eco-tourism, and conservation research. The non-governmental organization (NGO) also works to help conserve the North Rupununi, a natural area in southern Guyana that, for the last 30 years, has been isolated from the public eye. Founded in 1996. Location: Georgetown, Guyana.

United Nations Population Fund Pacific Agency Bolivia


The United Nations Population Fund Pacific Agency (UNFPA) works so that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. The non-governmental organization (NGO) focuses on sexual and reproductive health and rights, prevention of sexually transmitted infections, gender equality, and emerging issues in population and development, such as ageing and climate change. Location: La Paz, Bolivia

Vida Silvestre Uruguay 


Vida Silvestre Uruguay is a conservation organization that is building a network of voluntary conservation initiatives on private farms (refugios) in order to protect Uruguay’s biodiversity. The non-governmental organization (NGO) also offers environmental education classes for young people and provides resources to civil society on the subjects of ecotourism and environmental legislation. Founded in 1995. Location: Montevideo, Uruguay.

Voluntarios Sin Fronteras


Founded by university students, Voluntarios Sin Fronteras promotes volunteerism and makes it easy for non-governmental organizations (NGO) to connect with potential volunteers. The NGO promotes both domestic and international volunteer programs, and places a special focus on recruiting volunteers for schools and food banks, computer training, and sustainable development programs. Founded in 2005. Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina.