We're pleased to announce the publication of our 2015 Annual Report: More Opportunities for More People. Below is an excerpt from the report's message from PADF Trustees.
After a decade of progress, the Americas confront enormous challenges. Though the number of people living in extreme poverty has been cut in half, today’s sluggish economic growth threatens to reverse these gains. Natural resource prices have fallen, currencies have lost value and people are uncertain about the prospects for a better future.
The region is at a crossroads. In April, the seventh Summit of the Americas held in Panama marked a renewed commitment to hemispheric cooperation. In Colombia, the end of decades of civil conflict is within reach. The region joined the global community in pledging to combat climate change. Also in 2015, members of the United Nations unanimously adopted a set of Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, protect the planet and advance social progress.
However, much work remains to be done to ensure that no one is left behind. According to the World Bank, one in five people—130 million Latin Americans—remains “chronically poor,” and children born into poverty are less likely to have access to the opportunities available to their peers. Millions more continue to be excluded from society’s mainstream, among them ethnic minorities, women and young people.
The gap between rich and poor is widening. Democratic practices are under attack in some countries, migration is hollowing out some regions and straining others, and rising crime remains a concern. These challenges demand decisive action. Greater efforts are needed to improve economic opportunities and citizen security, advance social inclusion and basic freedoms, confront climate change and better prepare communities for natural disasters. Greater efforts are needed to improve economic opportunities and citizen security, advance social inclusion and basic freedoms, confront climate change and better prepare communities for natural disasters.
As an affiliate of the Organization of American States (OAS), the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) strives to create a more prosperous, equitable hemisphere. In 2015, PADF reached more than 17 million vulnerable and excluded people in 22 countries by investing nearly $94 million in integral development, one of the largest budgets in the Foundation’s history.
Even as its programs reach people in greater numbers than ever, the Foundation is compelled to do more. PADF champions economic, social and democratic rights for all in the Americas.
It also supports OAS development mandates that seek to expand access for those who are excluded from economic growth. The Foundation advances the Inter-American Charters for Social Progress and Democracy and Human Rights and takes action to reduce the effects of natural disasters and climate change.
PADF’s programs give people opportunities to earn a better living; help children realize their full potential; and provide greater social inclusion for marginalized groups such as indigenous people, Afro-descendants, youth, girls and women and displaced persons. The Foundation also supports communities through initiatives that improve civic engagement, governance, freedom of expression, crime prevention, disaster preparedness and climate change adaptation.
These efforts to build prosperous communities and achieve positive, lasting results would not be possible without PADF’s partnerships with governments, the private sector and civil society. With your support, PADF will continue working toward the goal of providing more opportunities for more people to create a Hemisphere of Opportunity for All.