IFIs Latin American Monitor

This initiative aims at contributing to the Latin American and global IFI campaigns for reform of the Bretton Woods institutions by translating key information, producing and disseminating analysis and providing a point of access to research results, opinions and campaigning activities, thus promoting dialogue and collaboration between key actors.

How the peoples from the South learned their way
According to a Mapuche legend, a cloud, drifting in the wind, lost its path towards life. When it saw the ostrich running below in a determined fashion, it dropped down to ask directions. Thus the cloud became fog. People and animals were left wandering and disoriented, except for the ostrich, which ran quickly away. The cloud looked at the ostrich's tracks and, to use them to find its way towards life, took them up into the sky and left them there among the stars. Since then the Mapuches call both the ostrich and the Southern Cross constellation "choike". And anyone who doesn't want to chase after the ostrich can follow the Southern Cross to find their way.

Choike is a portal dedicated to improving the visibility of the work done by NGOs and social movements from the South. It serves as a platform where citizen groups can disseminate their work and at the same time enrich it with information from diverse sources, which is presented from the perspective of Southern civil society.

Choike offers:

I A directory of NGOs organized in categories and sub-categories. This is not an exhaustive list, but a selection of useful and relevant sites. The directory only contains Southern NGO web sites; relevant information from other sources can be found in separate sections.

I A search engine that enables you to find information in the directory's web sites. It is a tool designed to allow you to search the sites selected by Choike on the basis of their quality and relevance. NGOs that wish to include the Choike search engine on their web sites can do so at the Choike portal.

I A selection of materials produced by NGOs which contain information of relevance to civil society and to those people who are interested in what NGOs have to say. These materials can be accessed through reports, news items and information resources.

I In-depth reports on key issues, which provide comprehensive information and reflect different views, in particular highlighting the position adopted by civil society on these issues.

I Dissemination of NGO actions and campaigns.

Choike is the Mapuche name for the Southern Cross, the constellation that helps travellers find their way. In the same way, Choike.org helps Internet users find the best of the South on the web.

Choike is a project of the Instituto del Tercer Mundo,
NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations based in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Lic. María José Romero

Advisory Group:
The Advisory Group of this project is integrated by recognized scholars and members of civil society:
Aldo Caliari - Argentinian, based in Washington, D.C., works for Center of Concern - USA
Margarita Flórez - Colombian, works for Grupo Globalización y Derecho, del Instituto Latinoamericano de Servicios Legales Alternativos (ILSA) - Colombia
Nancy C. Alexander - American, works for Citizens' Network on Essential Services - USA
Roberto Bissio - Uruguayan, works for Third World Institute - Uruguay
Oscar Ugarteche - Peruvian, economist, works for Instituto de Investigaciones Económicas,UNAM - Mexico.

  IFIs Latin American Monitor
This area of Choike is possible thanks to the Mott Foundation
Choike is a project of the Third World Institute
www.choike.org | info@choike.org | Phone / Fax: +598 (2) 902-0490 | 18 de julio 1077/902, Montevideo URUGUAY