Welcome to the FOCAL archive

The Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL) is no longer in operation. This website documents FOCAL's activities and accomplishments throughout its existence. Thank you for your interest in the work of FOCAL.

Health & Education

FOCAL's Health and Education program analyzed inequities in these fields among marginalized peoples in Bolivia, Colombia and Peru. It proposed to use analytical tools to produce fact-based evidence about the degree of inequalities or inequities and their main determinants in health and education among marginalized populations such as Indigenous Peoples and Afro-descendants in these countries. This initiative effectively assisted in the identification of blind spots for the development, discussion and exchange of more accurate health and education policies.

The program delivered numerous publications including policy papers and policy briefs on Bolivia, Colombia and Peru, linking research to practice and policy. In partnership with UNDP-Bolivia, the Andean Development Bank (CAF), and regional research institutes from Bolivia, Colombia and Peru, FOCAL successfully presented the results and recommendations of these studies to local policy-makers. Some of them have been included in the public policy agendas of these countries.

Project Concept Paper

A View of the Hemisphere



Explore the link between governance and development.