Practical Action Consulting: Latin America

Practical Action Consulting Latin America (PAC LA) is the regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean.  PAC LA carries out consultancies in the region building on the knowledge and experience of the programmatic work of Practical Action and capitalizing on the expertise of over 400 development professionals.

PAC LA’s work hinges on Practical Action’s overarching philosophy of “small is beautiful”.  Underlying our work is a commitment to undertake projects that show a long-term impact and utilise interdisciplinary and participatory methods to work with stakeholders at every level.  This approach, along with critical analysis of local challenges within a global perspective, achieves comprehensive results that combine local knowledge with the best international practices.

PAC LA undertakes projects of varying levels of complexity and duration, according to the clients’ needs.  We work in partnership with and for NGOs, development agencies, government departments, research institutions, community groups and the private sector.  To date, PAC LA’s consultancies have ranged from short projects of 1-3 month’s duration to large-scale, multi-country and multi-theme projects spanning three years.

Based in Lima, Peru, PAC LA has been providing high-quality consultancy services for over twenty years  and has successfully completed assignments in Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile, Brazil, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Mexico.

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Improving access to energy and infrastructure services and new technologies:  Biofuel production; micro hydroelectric plants; photovoltaic and wind energy; energy management systems at a local level; improved stoves; nanotechnology for water and sanitation; increasing access to water and sanitation services in rural areas.

Reducing vulnerability:  Disaster risk reduction; development of local and national risk management systems; strengthening of local capacities and institutional networks; adaptation to climate change; construction and reconstruction of schools and homes; emergency response.

Making markets work for poor people:  Comprehensive and integrated management of mountain and tropical forest ecosystems; productive capacity building in rural areas (potato, alpacas, grains, dairy); farmer-to-farmer knowledge sharing; food security against droughts and desertification.

Knowledge and communications

Evidence and Lessons from Latin America (ELLA)

ELLA is a knowledge exchange programme, funded by the UK Department for International Development, which promotes learning between Latin American and other emerging countries. ELLA: 
• Researches the evidence on policies and practices that work (and those that do not) on selected economic, environmental and governance issues;
• Runs community learning programmes to facilitate exchange between researchers, policy influencers and decision makers from across Latin America, Africa and Asia;
• Provides a platform for organisations and individuals to network with their peers in Latin America. (

Knowledge Center on Ecosystem-based Adaptation (UNEP)

The overall objective of the Knowledge Center is to promote awareness on the issue of Ecosystem Based Adaptation (EBA) via a Platform of Community of Practice (PCP) for the region of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). It seeks to develop greater capabilities, exchange successful experiences and promote the integration of ABE approach to national planning processes and contribute to the broader strategy to help the inhabitants of ALC adapt to climate change. The calling for participants has been in progress and we have currently more than 1,300 participants registered from around 60 countries (April 2014).

Virtual Platform:

TTI Policy Engagement and Communications (PEC) Programme

PAC LA acts as the Regional Coordinating Lead in Latin America carrying out the Services described in the Programme.  IDS through its highly regarded Knowledge Services (KS) team will take the lead in providing overall programme management and technical expertise for the programme, with PAC playing a regional coordination role working closely with mentors. Our overall goal is to support local think tanks to engage in policy and communicate research more effectively, and to improve their ability to influence evidence informed policy dialogue in the regions.

Specific Objectives:

• Understanding policy processes in specific contexts (identifying key stakeholders, political supporters and opponents; preparing for and reacting to policy windows)
• Engaging in knowledge brokering (ensuring the evidence is credible and practically useful, building coalitions with like-minded groups, being entrepreneurial – getting to know and working with policy-makers, building long term programmes of credible research, and identifying key networkers and leveraging them)
• Contributing to the public debate (involving and reaching out to different policy actors – not only policy-makers)
• Synthesizing and packaging knowledge and evidence (writing effective policy briefs, translating research results for different audiences, enhancing institutional websites, and taking advantage of online resources and more).

Climate Change adaptation & DRR

Zurich Flood Resilience Programme

PAC’s 5 year programme on Flood Resilience is now underway in Nepal, Peru, Bangladesh and India (with overall management and coordination from the UK). In the last quarter the programme has undertaken its inception phase, developing a global vision for PAC over the 5 years, and detailing out objectives, outcomes and logframes (in collaboration with Practical Action and Practical Answers in each country).

PAC LA is in charge of the following objectives:
• Communities in Piura and Rimac urban municipalities to increased resilience to the risk of floods and associated natural hazards through awareness, preparedness, monitoring, early-warning and risk mitigation measures (structural and non-structural).
• DRR networks established that represent local context and raise local voice in government development plans, process, implementation and budget.
• Improved urban risk management practices influencing national policy and practice.
• Share the Peruvian experience on increasing resilience to river basin flooding in urban settings with relevant institutions in prioritized Latin American countries.

Study of Economic Impacts of Climate Change in Peru (EIECCP)

The study identifies how climate change affects the welfare of society and the competitiveness of Peru. It quantifies the impact of climate change on the resources and productive activities more representative of the national economy, it determines the adaptation policies needed to be implemented and their costs, and discusses recommendations for mitigation policy.

Methodology and Approach of the Study:

• Presents scenarios of climate change in the world through international evidence.

• Calculates the economic impact of climate change in Peru :
 - Identifies and discuss Peru climate scenarios for 2030 , 2050 and 2100
 - Identifies Peru macroeconomic scenarios for the 2030, 2050 and 2100 consistent with the overall macroeconomic scenarios
 - Determines the vulnerability of the Peruvian economy to climate change from the identified climate scenarios.
 - Calculates the impact of climate change on the economy considering key vulnerabilities by economic sectors and geographical areas.

• Identifies policy options and the costs of adaptation and mitigation measures to minimize the damage of climate change and to adapt to society and the productive structure to future climatic conditions.

• The work proposes recommendations for the design of public policies aimed at reducing identifying the costs of climate change actions and to find ways of social and productive effects of increased climate variability adaptation, mitigation and strategic sectors.



Markets and Agriculture

Economic and ecosystem baseline assessment of Guyana's Rupununi

Since the Rupununi region is large (there are more than 50 villages that are widely dispersed and a combined population of about twenty thousand, and the road and communications infrastructure are very poor, the assignment will consider the five administrative regions as a way to organize the engagement strategy outreach and field data collection to the villages. 

The Practical Action technical team will work with the project team and other key stakeholders to determine and select the communities that would be involved in the three packages.


Economic Baseline and Mapping of Environmental Services

Participatory mapping of resource use and economic activities in the tourism and agriculture sector in the Rupununi

General Objectives:  Develop a baseline understanding of the socio-economic and environmental conditions of the Rupununi region.

Specific Objectives:
• Develop economic baseline, map environment services of the Rupununi region and
• Develop a monitoring plan and matrix using the Climate Community and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA) standards and the Participatory Market Systems Approach as a guide.


Alicia Quezada - PAC LA Manager

Alicia Quezada is a communications and development specialist with an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science.  She has worked on communication, public impact and citizen participation aspects of projects in various thematic areas including governance, citizenship, health and rural development, as well as media, childhood and gender in Peru.  She speaks fluent English, and is proficient in French.


Jacqueline Gotuzzo, Projects Assistant

Jacqueline Gotuzzo, is a business administrator with four years of experience in private sector and one year of experience in the academic sector. She has participated in projects related to process improvement and organization restructuring. In relation to the academic sector, she has coordinated a marketing master and implemented improvements related to international affairs in a well-known Peruvian Graduated School. She has joined Practical Action Consulting in 2013, as a Project Assistant.

Ivo Salazar

Ivo Salazar is a mechanical engineer and holds a Master Degree in Energy. He has 17 years of professional experience. He has worked in projects of rural electrification in the Center of Renewable Energy, in the Ministry of Energy and Mining and in Practical Action. He has developed consultancies in renewable energy, energy efficiency and some environmental aspects for Deuman SAC.

Lili Ilieva

Lili Ilieva holds a MSc degree in Enviromental Sciences, Policy and Management from a joint European program at the University of Manchester in UK and Central European University in Hungary. Lili specialises in analysis of social-ecological system’s vulnerability with focus on climate change adaptation practices and disaster risk reduction in the context of small-scale farming. Her working experience embraces collaboration with international organisations as World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Bulgaria, Conservation International (CI) in Guyana and the research institute Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Climate Change (CMCC) in Italy. She was engaged in applied research projects in the Balkans and the Caribbean regions addressing community adaptive water resource management, vulnerability to global changes and analysis of adaptation responses. Her free time is mostly devoted to rock climbing and cycling.


Mark Lewis - ELLA Programme Director

Mark Lewis, MSc Economics (LSE, UK), is a development professional with 25 years experience. An economist by profession, he has also worked extensively on governance and social issues. His career has spanned Latin America, Asia and Africa, most of this working for the UK Department for International Development. He joined Practical Action Consulting in 2010, to lead the ELLA programme.

Mark Turner, ELLA Website Manager

Mark Turner, BSc Business Studies and Politics (Edinburgh, UK), post-graduate Diploma in Social Projects (Catholic University, Peru) has 15 years experience in the private sector, planning, setting-up and running new businesses. Mark joined Practical Action Consulting in 2014 to design, develop and manage the ELLA website.

ELLA Research Uptake Adviser

Andrea is a social psychologist with an Msc in Wellbeing and Human development from the University of Bath. She has a background in research (mainly education, wellbeing and development in GRADE, PUCP and the University of Bath) and has also worked in development projects focusing on improving governance, as well as research communication (CIES). She has also worked in the UK in the network of international development organization in Scotland (NIDOS) as effectiveness and fundraising advisor supporting INGOs in strengthening their good practice in development projects and internal governance.

The PAC Latin America team have built a number of strong relationships with clients in the private and public sector and works in partnership in and for:





For more information from Practical Action Consulting Latin America, please contact the office:


Practical Action Consulting  Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, 

257 Tomas A Edison Str

San Isidro Lima

Telephone: (511) 441-2950, 441-3035, 441-3235, 441-3229


PAC Manager: Alicia Quezada





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