Latin America

Latin America is the most democratic of all developing regions. However, in spite of considerable progress in economic growth and social development in recent years, the region is still characterised by high poverty rates and some of the world’s highest levels of inequality. Over the last decade, Latin American economies have grown increasingly dependent on natural resources and commodity exports. Many governments combine this with a solid macro-economic management and smart social policies, but the economic and social risks of the resource-based development path are high and the negative environmental impacts of mining, agriculture and deforestation threaten to jeopardise the opportunities of future generations.

The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) conducts research on Latin America with a focus on the following issues:

  • Domestic revenue mobilisation: When do elites pay taxes?
  • Fiscal decentralisation
  • Rents from non-renewable resources and development
  • Criminal violence and governance reform
  • Green growth planning and implementation

Research staff




Regional co-ordinator

Christian von Haldenwang

Phone +49 (0)228 94927-282
Fax +49 (0)228 94927-130


Image: The Current Column

Peace agreement in Colombia – what next?
Crncic, Zeljko (2017)
The Current Column of 6 February 2017


Tax Collection in Developing Countries - New Evidence on Semi-Autonomous Revenue Agencies (SARAs)
von Haldewang, Christian / Armin von Schiller / Melody Garcia (2014)
in: The Journal of Development Studies


On the local politics of administrative decentralization: applying for policy responsibilities.
Faust, Jörg / Imke Habers (2011)
in Publius: the Journal of Federalism 42 (1), 52-77


Taxation, fiscal decentralisation and legitimacy: the role of semi-autonomous tax agencies in Peru
von Haldenwang, Christian (2010)
in: Development Policy Review 28 (6), 643-667