Practical Action Consulting: Latin America

Practical Action Consulting Latin America (PAC LA) is the regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean.  It provides independent and professional consulting for taking people out of poverty with appropriate technologies, good evidence and institutional change. It belongs to a global group with solid local roots; and has a high-level, experienced and interdisciplinary staff working with strong clients and partners. PAC LA contributes to Practical Action self-sustainability.

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. 

Consultancy services from field work towards policy impact
Practical Action working model is based on working with people on the grown, research and learn from that, and uptake that evidence for informing policy-making. Based on that approach, PAC LA provides technical assistance, build learning, generate evidence and inform policy on:
• Climate Change Adaptation & Disaster Risk Reduction
• Low Carbon Development and Energy
• Livelihoods and Markets Development
• Knowledge management and south-south exchange

Geographic scope
Based in Lima, Peru, PAC LA has been providing high-quality consultancy services for over twenty years  and has successfully completed assignments mainly in Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Paraguay, Argentina, Uruguay, Haiti, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Mexico.

For further information please look at our brochure or visit our Spanish language site:

Knowledge Management and South-South Exchange

Our objective is to produce and disseminate solid knowledge on development issues to (i) influence public policy, (ii) influence the design of programs and development projects, and (iii) inspire new research and knowledge production.

We worked worldwide especially focused on South-South initiatives.

Access to knowledge improvement is a key to reduce poverty. The knowledge of solutions relevant to many of the development challenges exists but it is inaccessible to many so we promote the combination of on-site experience and the management of scientific evidence to generate solid knowledge that is disseminated in favor of effective policies and initiatives. We also promote the exchange of South-South knowledge to identify good practices that are relevant to developing countries.

Related Products

  • South-South programs on any development theme, with emphasis in our core thematic work
  • Communities of practice: online, face-to-face, and mix on any development theme, with emphasis in our core thematic work
  • Online platforms, social media and multimedia
  • Communication strategies and campaigns, dissemination of research results and evidence
  • Knowledge products and communication materials


Flagship consultancy

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:

Zurich Flood Resilience Programme (ZFRP)

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.


Alicia Quezada, PAC LA Manager

Alicia is the PAC Manager for Practical Action Latin America office. She has 5-year experience managing consultancy and 15-year experience of development management, communication for development and research uptake work, understanding and interpreting complex issues for non-specialist audiences. Alicia’s thematic experience includes climate change, environmental management, rural development, good governance practices (transparency and access to information, participation, citizen oversight), media, gender and economic development. She holds the MSc Development Management by The London School of Economics and Political Science, UK, and she is Licenciado in Communication by The Universidad de Lima. Alicia is Spanishnative and fluent in English and French.

Lili Ilieva, PhD, Thematic leader on Resilience and development of sustainable livelihoods

Lili Ilieva holds a PhD in Science and Management of Climate Change from the University of Venice, Ca ‘Foscari in Italy. She has experience in managing research projects with Practical Action Latin America in Peru and the Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Climate Change (CMCC), Italy. Lili has more than 7 years of experience in research with qualitative and quantitative data and strong analytical skills oriented to solution-based decision making. She specializes in the management of natural resources, resilient livelihoods and vulnerability analysis of the socio-ecological system. Lili has experience in developing adaptation measures to climate change and disaster risk reduction in different contexts with participatory approaches to gender and ecosystems among others. Her experience in applied research is in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe. She is Bulgarian-native, she is fluent in English and Spanish, has working knowledge of German, and a basic Italian.

Ivo Salazar, Thematic leader on Energy and low carbon development

Ivo is a Mechanical Engineer from the National Engineering University (Lima-Peru) and Master’s Degree on Energy from the Sao Paulo University. He has worked at the National Engineering University’s Centre for Renewable Energies, at the Rural Electrification General Direction of the Energy and Mining Ministry of Peru, and at Deuman Consultancy. Has participated on several renewable energy rural electrification projects, as well as energy assessments, energy efficiency and clean energies. Currently, he is working as an energy expert for PAC and the Energy and Basic Services Programme at Practical Action Latin America; his main activities are the development of proposals and management of consultancies. Ivo is experienced on project and studies coordination, project execution, planning and development of energy related proposals, especially on rural electrification and energy efficiency. He is Spanish native knowledgeable of the English language and is fluent in portuguese.

Angel Armas, Thematic leader on Agriculture and Forestry

Angel is a Forest Engineer by the La Molina National Agrarian University, Lima, Peru and holds a Master’s degree on Science and Technology, majoring in Management of Forests and Tropical Ecosystems, by the L'École Nationale du Génie Rural, des Eaux et des Forêts - Montpellier, France. In 2011 he finished a certification program in Climate Protection Technologies by the Bonn University, Germany. With more than 10 years of experience, Angel has contributed to regional, national and local initiatives in association with the World Agroforestry Centre Latin America, GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), National Program of Forest Conservation for Climate Change – Peru, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) – Peru and the Center for Research and Development in Germany. His experience is based on mitigation policies and climate change adaptation, biodiversity preservation and low-emission development schemes which includes: planning, development and monitoring of programs and projects; applied scientific research; economic, biophysical and space analysis on land use with a landscapes approach. Angel is Spanish native and fluent in English and French.

Jacqueline Gotuzzo, Projects Assistant

Jacqueline is the Project Administrator of PAC. She has 4-year experience working with consultancies and 8-year experience in positions related to Administration, Logistics and Finance. During the past two years she has been in charge of the administration, finance and logistics of consultancies related to development topics such as climate change, environmental management, markets and livelihoods. Within her expertise in consulting, she has also participated in consultancies related to process improvement for private corporations. Furthermore, she has expertise in the organization and logistics of events, courses and master’s degrees. Jacqueline is native in Spanish and fluent in English.

Dennis Gonzáles, Administrative assistant

Dennis is a major in Marketing by the San Ignacio de Loyola University. He has postgraduate studies on Branding at ESAN. He has experience in all the marketing process, managing requirements from brand and characters licensors, facilitating training workshops and giving support to all the commercial area, on enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, report preparation and the establishment of inner processes. Currently, he supports administrative coordination of consultancies management, payments and logistics in general.

David Lau, Intern

David is a major in Geography by the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP). He has taken undergraduate courses on Environmental Science for a year in the la Leuphana Universitaet Lüneburg, Germany. He is experienced in the use of several Geographic Information Systems softwares for general mapping and spatial analysis. He has taken part in the preparation and facilitation of training workshops of different projects on social and environmental issues for the Ministry of Education and the PUCP. David is Spanish-native, fluent in English and has moderate knowledge of German and Portuguese.


Mark Lewis, ELLA Programme Director

Mark is a MSc Economics (LSE, UK). 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.

Andrea Baertl, 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.

Gabriela Ramos, Communicator

Gabriela is a major in Communications by the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. She has postgraduate studies on digital marketing and public relations. Over the last 5 years she’s had a range of experience in audiovisual production and communications, as well digital coms. She has worked at the local United Nations Information Center (UNIC Lima), the agency of promotion of Peru in exports, tourism and image (PROMPERÚ) and Kampangkis community radio in the amazon rainforest, trying to find spaces to work on development issues through creative media. Gabriela is Spanish-native, fluent in English and has basic knowledge of japanese.

PAC LA consultancy work offers value for money. It is guided by the ‘3Es’ framework used by the UK Department for International Development (source):

• Economy: minimising the cost of resources used or required (inputs)
• Efficiency: the relationship between the output from goods or services and the resources to produce them
• Effectiveness: the relationship between the intended and actual results of spending (outcomes)
Some of our clients and partners are:

Practical Action Consulting
Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean
257 Tomas A Edison Str
San Isidro, Lima, Peru
Telephone: (511) 441-2950, 441-3035, 441-3235, 441-3229

PAC LA Manager: Alicia Quezada

Project Administrator: Jacqueline Gotuzzo






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