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.


FOCAL produced a wide range of publications, from policy papers and briefs to research papers and reports. Our contributors included FOCAL experts, academics, government officials and development practitioners from across Canada and the Americas. They provided informed analysis on critical and emerging issues in the hemisphere and shaped policy options.


focalpoint_march2011_Page_01_editFOCALPoint: Canada's Spotlight on the Americas

FOCALPoint was a journal-style publication released 10 times per year combining news, opinion and analysis of current issues in the Americas.


policy_paper_image_smallPolicy Papers and Briefs

FOCAL's policy papers and briefs provided solutions-oriented research on public policy relating to FOCAL's main program activities. Expert authors contextualized issues, examine policy implications and present concrete options.



report_image_smallResearch Papers and Reports

FOCAL's research papers and reports provided in-depth background information on critical issues in the Americas. They were intended to inform discussions pertaining to policy development and best practices.

A View of the Hemisphere



Explore the link between governance and development.