May News

What's new @LATINNO?

June 27th is almost here! This has been a very busy month for the LATINNO team. While preparing for the big day, we've been setting up the last details of our database, updating the overviews of the 18 Latin American countries that are being assessed and translating everything into English, Portuguese and Spanish.
We are eager to show you all of our results!
For this newsletter, in addition to showing you all the progress made in our database as well as our favorite case of the month, we will also provide the details of the Project Launch Event and reveal our wonderful speakers. (Don't forget to register in order to attend the event by sending an email to!

Database Progress

In May, we finished collecting and coding data of democratic innovations in El Salvador, Venezuela, Honduras and Panama! In addition, we added 64 new cases to our regional database, reaching a total of 2348 cases so far!

LATINNO Project Launch Event!

On June 27th, our database will go online @! Once online, you will be able to search across all of our nearly 2400 cases of democratic innovations in 18 Latin American countries! Our search tools will enable you to filter cases by country, city and state, as well as by year and policy issue. You'll be able to find cases using any keyword you like. The website will also contain data visualization tools that will allow you to view some of our findings in an interactive way.
Our database shows how democracy in Latin America encompasses more than just elections. It aims to be a useful tool for scholars, policy makers and civil society organizations whose aim is to strengthen representative democracy through citizen participation.
We will present the project and its results on June 27th at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. For those who are not in Berlin, we will live stream the event on our website and social media pages. Don't miss it!


The LATINNO Launch Event is open to the public.
To register, or if you have additional questions,
please email:


Case of the Month

Observatory of Guatemala's Criminal Justice System

The Observatory of the Criminal Justice System was created by the judicial power in Guatemala together with the International Commission against Impunity (CICIG), the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and two Guatemalan Universities
The Observatory was implemented with the aim to strengthen and make more transparent the Judicial Branch, guaranteeing civil rights and criminal prosecution through the direct scrutiny of society. This innovation for citizen oversight will involve the participation of 40 students from the Faculties of Law of the San Carlos University and the Landivar University, who will carry out periodic reports and analyze the judgments issued by the courts in the areas of: violence against women and femicide, organized crime, violation of the Arms and Ammunition Act, corruption and money laundering, and Crimes against freedom of expression.