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1. Building Legislative Consensuses
The unit of Building Legislative Consensuses seeks to make the National Congress and provincial legislatures a sounding ground for societal debates in Argentina. To achieve this, we encourage the development of debates in the National Congress that cover topics of societal concern.
Building Consensus in the Agro-Industrial Sector
The Agro-Industrial Consensus proposes the development of conferences on the criteria and guidelines shared by diverse social actors and the Agro-Industrial production chains. The objectives are to encourage productive parliamentary debates and to generate new mechanisms of peaceful and respectful dialogue between policy makers and the productive sectors. The Document of Consensus—to which more than 500 institutions adhere—expresses essential agreements with respect to fundamental questions like: “Institutional Quality”, “Social Investment”, “Fiscal Framework”, “Regional Economies”, “Agricultural Production”, and “Livestock and Dairy Production”. During 2012 and 2013, Agro-industrial Consensus, under the project “Collaborative advocacy of civil society in environmental policy”, is working on issues such as environmental management of land, soil conservation and reclamation and water resources, among others. To learn more visit our blog
Climate Change in the National Congress
As one of the most prominent challenges facing humanity in the 21st century, climate change is a topic the Argentine legislature needs to address. In conjunction with Cambio Democrático Foundation we sponsored the “Conference on Climate Change in the National Congress” which brought together legislators, consultants, specialists and representatives of civil society. This debate effectively established the topic of climate change in the national public agenda.
With the same commitment to the issue, since September 2012, Directorio Legislativo Foundation is building a space for dialogue and work on climate change and related topics, made up of legislators from both chambers of the National Congress and from various political parties. The initiative has several purposes: to install the importance of climate change in the legislative agenda and to discuss the appropriate treatment; to create a space for systematic dialogue between decision makers, that draws on the information needed to give legislative responses to the effects produced by climate change; enhance dialogue with argentine legislators and peers legislators of other countries, and strengthen the participation of Argentine legislators in international discussions on the subject.To learn more visit
Renewable Energy in the National Congress
In conjunction with the Fundación Avina, Asociación Argentina de Energías Eólica (AAEE), the Cámara Argentina de Energías Renovables (CADER) and the Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Industrial (INTI) we developed the “Cycle of Conferences on Renewable Energy in the National Congress”. The objective of this program is to promote legislative debate around renewable energy and its sustainable incorporation into the agenda of our country. From 2012, we add more organizations in this public-private workspace and renew the commitment to contribute to the public debate on the promotion of energy efficiency and diversification of the energy matrix. With the valuable support of the Chilean expert Sara Larrain new methods of intervention and advocacy were developed.To learn more visit
Collaboration and Impact in the Legislative Branch
This project proposes to strengthen the capacity of at least 65 civil society organizations to engage in collaborative work, as well as to design and implement strategic influence in the legislative branch with respect to agendas on the environment, gender issues, disabilities and health in the province of Buenos Aires and the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires. In this way we seek to actively reduce the existent divide between legislators and civil society. In some cases this divide is due to legislators’ unfamiliarity with the needs and interests of civil society organizations. In other cases it is due to the lack of information about the operation of governmental powers and/or the scarcity of resources of civil society organizations to make a strategic impact on the formulation of public policy. To learn more visit
Human trafficking is a crime classified as organized crime affecting the human rights of those who are victims of it. Argentina is a country of origin, transit and destination for women, teens, children and men victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation and forced labor. Many women and girls victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation from rural or northern provinces are forced into prostitution in urban or most prosperous provinces of the center and south of the country. Since 2011, in order to influence the current legislation on this problematic, Directorio Legislativo Foundation is coordinating a space formed by organizations and related specialists in the struggle against human trafficking. Part of this articulated effort was the enactment of the new Law No. 26,842 on prevention and punishment of human trafficking and assisting victims, passed in December 2012.
2. Current Legislative Affairs
Incorporating our profound understanding of the operation of the legislative branch and its members, we process the information emerging from that governmental body and have developed a periodic and reliable analysis on the initiatives that affect distinct sectors of society, including the private sector, civil society and state dependent organizations.
To compile legislative reports we meticulously monitor specific topics in the National Congress and the provincial legislatures. In addition we monitor transversal topics (taxes, labor, etc.) and topics of national debate (Law for the Media, currency reserves, retentions, etc). We process, systematize and publish this information in “Legislative Reports” as well as on our webpage and on the webpages of our social network in order to educate civil society. The topics we follow are:
- National Debates
- Natural Resources and the Environment
- Forestation and land holdings
- Agro (Meat, Seeds, Agriculture)
- Families, Women, and Minorities
- Human Rights
- Industrial and labor topics
- Taxes and social topics
In addition we study the operation of the legislative branch through history, as well as conduct evaluations and predictions. Our objective is to generate spaces for debate that achieve consensuses between distinct social actors.
Access to public information monitoring legislative debates
Directorio Legislativo propels the sanctioning of norms that regulate the right of access to public information, especially within the legislative branch. With this goal in mind we monitor discussions and sanctions on possible norms related to this right. We circulate up to date information on the advances and reversals of discussions concerning the passing of legislation in both chambers.
Seminars in Universities and educational establishments
We conduct seminars on the legislative branch for university students as well as public and private institutions. The program’s objectives are to increase understanding of both the operation of the National Congress and the promotion and defense of democracy.
3. Legislative Transparency
The Legislative Transparency area seeks to generate best practices and facilitate access to public information of legislative powers. It also seeks to improve institutional arrangements and legislation concerning transparency and accountability in the area of Congress and provincial legislatures.
Among its activities are:
- To promote internal reforms for better and more transparent functioning of legislatures.
- Disseminate information to generate greater transparency in Congress and provincial legislatures.
- Promote access to public information of Congresses.
- Influencing legislative powers to carry out policies of active transparency in order to be accountable to the citizenry.
Every two years the area prepared The Legislative Directory: Who are our legislators and how they represent us in the National Congress and the legislatures of the provinces of Buenos Aires, Corrientes, Chubut, Mendoza, Misiones, Corrientes, Rio Negro, Santa Fe and the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires. The Directory was published for the first time in early 2000 with the idea of promoting public debate by providing indispensable tools for civil society to exercise its function of monitoring and control of the activity taking place within the legislature and its representatives. Therefore, the publication contains information on the operation of the Argentine legislature in both institutional body and conveys to the public the personal data of its legislators.
The area of Legislative Transparency also coordinates the Latin American Network for Legislative Transparency. The Network seeks to create and develop a network of civil society organizations in the region that promote transparency, access to information, and responsibility in the Latin American congresses in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela y Guatemala. Their objective is to establish a regional agenda and plan of action in a collective manner. In this way the Network will increase the magnitude of the initiatives and good practices existent in each country, promote learning between countries, and increase the exchange of knowledge and information between organizations that work with the congresses.
In this framework, we developed an Index of Legislative Transparency in Latin America, which measures the transparency and access to public information in the Congresses of the region. The index will be replicated every two years in order to see the evolution of each country in the matter, and compared to other Latin American. Following the results for Argentina, an agreement of transparency has been signed with the Chamber of Deputies, along with four other NGOs (ADC, CIPPEC, ACIJ and Poder Ciudadano). This way we will work in collaboration with the authorities of the Chamber to support the publication of legislative information and the implementation of new practices that institutionalize legislative work.