Instituto International de Medio Ambiente y Desarrollo - América Latina , Argentina
IIED-AL began as the Latin American Chapter of the Program of Human Settlements IIED (UK), Jorge Hardoy began in London in 1976.
In 1979, was officially established in Argentina IIED-AL, in collaboration with other institutions promoted seminars which helped promote new issues in the region in anticipation of the international agenda, such as: The City and Children, Centers Historical, Small and Intermediate Cities, Habitat and Health, Rethinking the Latin American city, natural disasters, the City and the Environment, etc.
Successive experiences convinced the IIED-AL on the need to promote capacity building of NGOs to work hard with grassroots organizations and local governments. The work of IIED-AL focused on issues of habitat and environment, and in recent years has been prioritized involvement in water supply and sanitation.
Currently, the institution is committed to local development, citizen participation and the redistribution of urban benefits.
The mission of IIED - Latin America is contributing to the development of more just, participatory, democratic and sustainable. This has strengthened a line of work based on the achievement, promotion and dissemination of research projects, direct action, technical assistance and training in environmental issues, economic development and urbanization processes. In particular, institutional action is focused on improving living conditions and the decision power of the most vulnerable population groups in Latin America and the Caribbean, seeking to influence the economic, social and environmental impacts of the countries of the region
It is the aim of IIED-AL to contribute to the field of knowledge about the processes of local development and urbanization, environmental management and cultural identity of Latin America and the Caribbean through the implementation, promotion and dissemination of research projects -action. Strengthening NGOs, CBOs, and local governments of Latin America and the Caribbean to participate and influence the design, implementation and evaluation of strategies for sustainable development, considering its implications with national, regional and global levels and the articulation between the public sector , private and civil society.