Social Panorama of Latin America 2004

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The 2004 edition of the Social Panorama of Latin America analyses the major demographic changes that have occurred in the region over the past few decades, examines the socioeconomic status of Latin American youth, looks at institutional and programmatic guidelines for youth policies and describes how household structures and family roles have changed. As in past years, recent trends in poverty and income distribution in the Latin American countries are also reviewed.



Provision of youth programmes

There is wide–ranging programme provision for young people, including general programmes for disseminating and promoting rights and sectoral programmes on employment, education and health. However, apart from a few notable exceptions, Latin American countries lack specific programmes targeted at young people in rural areas or young people with disabilities, or programmes with a gender approach. Programmes also come up against problems of targeting and coverage and, in particular, there is a lack of proper evaluation.


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