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Comparative studies on some specific issues related to young people and youth policies are mainly undertaken by international agencies such as UNESCO, the United Nations Development Program; the United Nations Population Fund; the World Bank; the International Labour Organization, the Ibero-American Organization of Youth, and the Latin American Information Technology Network (RITLA), and recently by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Latin American Faculty in Social Sciences (FLACSO)


FLACSO is an independent international and regional organization created in 1957 on the initiative of UNESCO and some regional governments. Its principle objective is to promote the social sciences in Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2008, it had 15 member states. The secretariat general is in Costa Rica. FLACSO conducts research and engages in technical cooperation in the field of social science. It publishes regularly on youth-related themes.

University Institute of Public Opinion at the Central American University José Simeón Cañas (IUDOP)


IUDOP has developed specific studies focusing on youth gangs, political youth culture, youth inclusion in the labor market, and youth-directed youth policies. These studies remain relatively small scale and do not offer systematic and methodological comparisons across the region.