May 15th, 2014 · The New School · New York

Observatory on Latin America (OLA), The New School,
the Latin American Council on the Social Sciences (CLACSO)
Invite you to a :

Achievements, Changing Processes, and Challenges 


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The objectives of this event are:

– To acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of the past thirty years since the return to democracy in Latin America
– To assess the empirical results of this period by focusing on four principal types of change:

1. The evolution of democracy itself over the past three decades
2. Material progress in human welfare as measured through indicators of improvements in income, education, health, life expectancy, gender equity, housing, and infrastructure services
3. Progress in the formulation and implementation of development policies
4. Progress in political and human rights

This event is based on research sponsored by CLACSO and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) through a program of Twelve Research Fellowships supporting Fellows from Latin American countries to write papers on the above subjects.


David E. Van Zandt, President, The New School

Introductory Remarks:
Michael Cohen, Director,Observatory on Latin America
Pablo Gentili, Executive Secretary, CLACSO

Keynote Remarks:
Bradford Smith, President, The Foundation Center, former Vice-President for Peace and Social Justice, Ford Foundation

Setting the Context:
Mónica Hernández, The New School, Has There Been Material Progress under Democracy?

Panel 1: Democratic Institutions and Processes: Looking for Patterns, Exceptions, and Lessons
Chair: Pablo Gentili
Speakers: Pablo Alejandro Uc Gonzalez (México), Jesús Franco Gamboa Rocabado (Bolivia), Edwin Jahir Dabroy Araujo (Guatemala), Ramón Antonio Romero Cantarero (Honduras)

Panel 2: New Forms of Rights and Representation
Chair: Thomas Kruse, Director, Governance Program, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Speakers: William Heriberto Carballo Sánchez (El Salvador), Ana Laura de Giorgi (Uruguay), Willibald Sonnleitner (El Salvador), Pablo Xavier Ortiz Tirado (Ecuador), Lucila Rosso (Argentina)

Panel 3: Has There Been Material Progress under Democracy?
Chair: Michael Cohen
Speakers: Rodolfo José Elías Acosta (Paraguay), Marcela Mollis (Argentina), Laura Alvarez Garro (Costa Rica), Sofía Catalina Donoso Knaudt (Chile), Luis Suárez Salazar (Cuba)

Concluding Remarks

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Thursday, May 15th, 2014 · 2:00 – 5:00pm
Theresa Lang Student Center
55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor
New York, NY
Map of the event

The event will be in English, free and open to the public
Seating is limited, reservations are required
RSVP by May 13th to


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This program is supported by the JULIEN J. STUDLEY FOUNDATION


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