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THIRTY YEARS OF DEMOCRACY IN LATIN AMERICA: Achievements, Changing Processes, and Challenges

Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street, Room I-202, New York, NY 10011

Observatory on Latin America (OLA), The New School, and the Latin America Council on the Social Sciences (CLACSO) presents:

Achievements, Changing Processes, and Challenges


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 GentiliExecutive 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 KruseDirector, 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)  

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), Isabel Allende Karam (Cuba)

Concluding Remarks

The event will be in English, free and open to the public
Seating is limited, reservations are required

RSVP by May  13 to
For more information, visit the OLA website

The program is supported by the JULIEN J. STUDLEY FOUNDATION

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