PADF Welcomes Kathleen Barclay as Board President

Washington, DC (October 1, 2019) – The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) is proud to welcome Kathleen Barclay as the new President of the Board, beginning October 1, 2019.


“For decades, the Pan American Development Foundation has had an incredible impact on the sustainable development of Latin America and the Caribbean,” said Ms. Barclay. “It’s an honor to assume leadership of the Board of an organization with such a strong reputation and history of positive impact in the region.”

Ms. Barclay follows a legacy of PADF Board Presidents, including Luis Ubiñas (‘15-‘19), Ruth Espey-Romero (‘13-‘15), Frank Gómez (’02-’04, ’09-’11, ’12-’13), Amb. Alexander Watson (’00-‘02, ’06-’09), and Robert McGee (’90-’92).

She is currently the Principal of Asesorias KCB Limited, and provides international strategic advisory services between the United States, Chile, and other countries in Latin America. She serves on the Board of Directors of Bicecorp, Banco Bice, Geomar S.A., Austral Capital, Stars S.A. and Limonada S.A., among other Chilean companies. She is also a member of the Board of Banco Caja Social in Colombia. 

She brings an extensive history of strategic advising, including her past Presidency of the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (AACCLA) and membership of the Advisory Boards of El Diario Financiero, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Centro de Estudios Públicos, and Endeavor-Chile.

Prior to 2001, Ms. Barclay had a 23-year career in J. P. Morgan Chase with assignments in New York, London and Santiago.

About PADF
The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) seeks to create a just, peaceful, and prosperous hemisphere where every person has the opportunity to thrive – by promoting human development, strengthening democracy and governance, advancing justice and security, and fostering resilience. PADF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization proudly established by the Organization of American States (OAS) in 1962. We include and empower marginalized groups, women, youth, LGBTI, Afro and indigenous people, and migrants. We partner with and enable civil society, governments, and the private sector for the greater good of the region. Join us! www.padf.org

Isaac Fast, Office of Communications and Marketing
202.458.3969 | ifast@padf.org

Community-based Flood Risk Reduction Project to Launch in San Ignacio and Santa Elena, Belize

San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize (September 19, 2019) – The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) yesterday announced a new project for disaster risk reduction in collaboration with the San Ignacio and Santa Elena Town Council and Galen University with the support of Taiwan. This partnership will improve the ability of local authorities and residents to reduce the negative impact of extreme weather events such as flooding which have impacted these communities both seasonally and during non-hurricane season.

“Disaster management especially in the area of flooding is a key concern for all residents of San Ignacio and Santa Elena. The San Ignacio/Santa Elena Town Council is therefore very grateful for the generous assistance of its partners the Pan American Development Foundation, the Taiwanese Government, and Galen University in mitigating such climate change induced risks” said His Lordship Mayor Earl Trapp, Mayor of San Ignacio and Santa Elena.   “The Town Council pledges to continue such efforts in our twin towns and to maximize the resources provided to combat such disasters.

“This partnership with the PADF allows Galen to build on an already existing collaborative relationship with the San Ignacio/Santa Elena Town Council and provides us with new avenues for Service Learning for our Environmental Science faculty and students in which they can apply concepts and skills learned in the classroom to solving critical problems in our environment.” said Dr. Cynthia Eve Aird, Provost of Galen University. “It affords us a meaningful opportunity to fulfill our mission of offering responsive, cutting edge programs through experiential learning, service and research.” 

The project has three main objectives:

  • Collect, analyze and distribute geospatial data to inform the design of flood-risk reduction activities in the community;

  • Reduce vulnerability of members of flood-prone households and businesses through flood-reduction activities;

  • Produce flood-risk reduction reports to improve local government’s ability to prioritize and implement flood-risk reduction interventions

Expected Results

  • Train 100 businesses and households on developing flood risk reduction strategies and emergency response plan

  • Engage 40 participants (representatives of government agencies, students, and community members) and train participants to become producers of geospatial data to inform flood-risk reduction efforts;

  • Develop 3 strategy reports to provide an overview of flood risks in specific areas of the community, along with potential strategies to address these risks;

  • Organize 2 community-wide volunteer events to support debris removal and other low-cost flood risk reduction measures;

  • Develop 2 community-driven Contingency Plans in disaster risk reduction (DRR) 

The project will impact approximately 21,000 people in both towns and will be completed by February 2020. 

About PADF
The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) seeks to create a just, peaceful, and prosperous hemisphere where every person has the opportunity to thrive – by promoting human development, strengthening democracy and governance, advancing justice and security, and fostering resilience. We include and empower marginalized groups, women, youth, LGBTI, Afro and indigenous people, and migrants. We partner with and enable civil society, governments, and the private sector for the greater good of the region. Join us! www.padf.org

PADF Launches Hurricane Dorian Bahamas Recovery Campaign, Accepting Donations

September 3, 2019 (Washington, D.C.) – The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) is launching a campaign to benefit families in the Bahamas who were affected by Hurricane Dorian. All contributions made will support the recovery and reconstruction of affected communities in the Bahamas.

PADF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, affiliated with the Organization of American States (OAS). Since 1962, PADF has responded to many of the most severe disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean, including the June 2018 Guatemalan Volcano Eruption, the September 2017 Mexico Earthquakes, and Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Donations may be made at: www.padf.org/hurricane-dorian

“Everyone can lend a hand in this time of need,” said Katie Taylor, Executive Director at PADF. “We must stand in solidarity with hurricane victims and their families. Families must acquire means to recover their normal lives and build back what was lost in the tragic disaster.”

PADF is currently only accepting financial donations to support the rapid delivery of needed goods to those in greatest need.

About PADF
The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) seeks to create a just, peaceful, and prosperous hemisphere where every person has the opportunity to thrive – by promoting human development, strengthening democracy and governance, advancing justice and security, and fostering resilience. We include and empower marginalized groups, women, youth, LGBTI, Afro and indigenous people, and migrants. We partner with and enable civil society, governments, and the private sector for the greater good of the region. Join us! www.padf.org 

Aaron Van Alstine
Senior Program Manager

20,000 Venezuelans in Peru Received Legal Assistance from PADF

Lima, Peru (August 22, 2019) - Throughout 2019, the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) has carried out various projects with Venezuelan refugees and migrants in Peru, particularly in Lima and Tumbes.

PADF is working in Peru to protect the human rights of the thousands of refugees and migrants who cross the Peruvian border daily in search of a better life. So far this year, PADF has provided legal guidance in access to health rights, education, work, residence and routes and productive access, to a total of 22,040 Venezuelan migrants and refugees, with 15,463 assisted in Tumbes and 6,397 assisted in Lima. Of those assisted, 98% said they were satisfied with the guidance they received. PADF has provided this guidance through 24 community promoters in Tumbes and 30 in Lima.

PADF works with a total of 57 Peruvian NGOs, religious associations, neighborhoods and cultural and media associations, to train communities on how to improve the quality of life of refugees and migrants by addressing human rights, migrant and refugee rights and integration approaches with a focus on gender awareness.

According to data from the National Superintendence of Migration, the migratory flow of Venezuelans to Peru so far this year has exceeded 860 thousand people, which is a challenge for state institutions regarding education, health and work.

Committed to Integration

PADF holds different community events that aim to integrate Venezuelan migrants and refugees with the host population, in this case being the Peruvian population.

Since the beginning of 2019, 20 integration events have been organized in the Lima metropolitan area and Tumbes, reaching more than 2,500 Venezuelan and Peruvian community members in Peru.

These community events are the result of a great inter-institutional effort with participation from a range of actors from various national and international NGOs, as well as key state institutions and civil society members.

Ricardo Montaner recordó que Venezuela cobijó a peruanos en la década de 1970

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Durante una entrevista sobre su último disco, Ricardo Montaner fue consultado por la xenofobia que existe en nuestro país y que es aprovechada, incluso, por algunos políticos. Esto a raíz de la migración de un gran número de venezolanos. 

El cantante de nacido en Argentina, pero que vivió casi toda su vida en Venezuela, recordó que en la década de los 70, la nación venezolana fue quien recibió a un gran número de peruanos. 

“Yo hice una campaña que continúa y que se llama Todos Somos Migrantes. Y lo que me provoca tu pregunta es recordarles a los peruanos que también han sido migrantes. Yo mismo te puedo decir, por experiencia, que Venezuela cobijó a una cantidad enorme de peruanos en la década del 70”, contó el intérprete en entrevista para El Comercio. 

Ricardo Montaner también recordó que las personas que cuidaron a sus hijos cuando estos eran pequeños eran de nacionalidad peruana y que llegaron a Venezuela durante este proceso. 

“Y te voy a decir más, dos de las personas que trabajaban conmigo cuando mis hijos eran apenas unos bebes eran peruanos emigrados a Venezuela, que contribuyeron al progreso del país”, comentó el cantante.

Finalmente, Montaner hizo hincapié en las razones que llevan a un migrante a dejar su país y que están muy alejadas de un viaje turístico.

“Recordarles que el migrante no está allí por turismo sino por necesidad. Al migrante lo obligaron a irse de Venezuela, con mucho sacrificio, caminando. Los he visto en las fronteras y en las ciudades: una cantidad enorme de venezolanos caminantes, que si bien están yendo hacia el sur, en realidad no tienen un rumbo claro”, sentenció. 

Foro Internacional “La protección de los Derechos de Refugiados y Migrantes en Perú y Colombia en el Marco Internacional, Interamericano y Nacional: Alcances y Oportunidades”

Lima (agosto 8 de 2019) — La Secretaría General de la Organización de los Estados Americanos (SG/OEA) y la Fundación Panamericana para el Desarrollo (PADF), en conjunto con la Organización Internacional del Trabajo (OIT), la Organización Internacional para las Migraciones (OIM), el Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Refugiados (ACNUR) llevaron a cabo el Foro Internacional “La protección de los Derechos de Refugiados y Migrantes en Perú y Colombia en el Marco Internacional, Interamericano y Nacional: Alcances y Oportunidades” el miércoles 7 de agosto, 2019 en la ciudad de Lima, Perú.  

Las personas en situación de movilidad humana - independientemente de su situación migratoria-, son sujetos de derechos y garantías que a lo largo de los años han sido reconocidos en los instrumentos de Derecho Internacional y del Sistema Interamericano de Derechos Humanos (DDHH).

En este sentido, el objetivo de este foro es identificar los principales desafíos en Perú y Colombia en materia de protección de los DDHH de refugiados, migrantes y solicitantes de asilo, en el marco de la normativa interna de cada país y de los acuerdos internacionales en el ámbito multilateral e interamericano.  

El foro permitió hacer un balance de los marcos y reglamentos internos de Perú y Colombia, incluidos los derechos garantizados por las constituciones y leyes de ambos países. Además, se presentaron los acuerdos internacionales multilaterales e interamericanos para garantizar el cumplimiento de las normas internacionales. A su vez, se presentaron cuatro estudios realizados en Perú y Colombia relacionados a la integración socioeconómica y los mecanismos de atención a derechos de los migrantes y refugiados.

Esta colaboración entre múltiples sectores tiene como objetivo generar reflexión, diálogo y conciencia, así como fomentar el análisis entre actores clave a nivel internacional, nacional, y local sobre la importancia de que los derechos humanos de los migrantes y refugiados con mayor vulnerabilidad sean protegidos por los Estados.

No silver bullet: the EITI’s challenge to improve transparency in extractive industries

From June 17 to 19, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) united representatives of governments, private companies, and civil society organizations for its Global Conference in Paris. Launched in 2002 by then-UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, the EITI is the global standard for open and accountable management of oil, gas, and mineral resources. It has garnered wide support, as it is currently being implemented in 52 countries.

The standard is based on a simple notion: natural resources should be managed in an open and transparent way because they belong to the people. When countries implement the EITI, they are required to disclose information about revenue from extractive industries, how that revenue passes through governments, and how it is spent to benefit their citizens. In each country, the standard’s implementation process is overseen by representatives from the government, the private sector, and civil society.

EITI has great potential to make extractive industries fairer and more environmentally sustainable. As governments and firms become more accountable to their citizens and consumers, they have more incentive to adopt better social and environmental practices and share the benefits of these resources with local communities that are impacted by their extraction.

However, the EITI is not a silver bullet. It’s simple, top-down approach carries its own advantages and disadvantages. As several speakers highlighted, transparency does not necessarily lead to accountability. Without proper dissemination of the mechanism’s resulting information, its social and environmental benefits can amount to little. The role of civil society, journalists, and activists is crucial for the EITI’s success.

Transparency is more than just a best practice. Access to information is a right, and as such it should also be promoted from the bottom up. This rights-based approach may complement initiatives such as the EITI, which looks at the problem from an economic standpoint.

Several international instruments already exist that can and should be promoted to this end. For example, the Escazú Agreement was launched in 2018 in Costa Rica and signed by 16 countries in the framework of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLAC). This agreement commits countries to ensure access to information and to justice on environmental issues, therefore promoting a more proactive role by countries to ensure initiatives such as the EITI have a positive impact on society and ecosystems. The nascent nature of this agreement means its effectiveness is yet to be seen. To date it has only been ratified by Guyana, an EITI country that recently discovered vast offshore oil reserves that will dramatically change the composition of its economy. What happens in Guyana will put these frameworks to the test and provide lessons learned for other countries in the region and beyond.

The EITI also has the potential to address the worldwide phenomenon of corruption, which affects almost every area of human development. Although it does not solve the problem by itself, the EITI shines a spotlight on the right places, like contracts that deal with oil, gas, and minerals. Those contracts have traditionally been a stage for corruption, leading to devastating consequences for many developing countries. In this context, the awareness-raising and advocacy roles of a free and independent press and an active civil society are crucial. Furthermore, the EITI carries its own risks as governments can use their candidacies to “show” they are addressing corruption while not making significant progress. However, this can only be a temporary strategy, as countries are periodically assessed against the standard.

Ensuring fairer and more environmentally friendly extractive industries requires more than just implementing the EITI standard. The international community must provide the resources for governments and civil society to fill in the gaps and turn transparency into accountability, respect for human rights, and environmental sustainability.


By Joaquin Vallejo


The BMW Group & PADF to Boost STEM Education in Disadvantaged Schools in Argentina


Washington, DC (June 17, 2019) — The BMW Group and the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) will boost STEM education in public schools in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as part of the #STEMamericas initiative.

The booming technology sector has spawned a great need for innovators, engineers and scientists. As the global tech sector continues to grow, machines are gradually replacing traditional manual labor with jobs that require STEM skills. Latin American students continue to rank in the bottom third worldwide in math, reading and science, according to the latest Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) data.

Through the new partnership with the BMW group, students will learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics through science fairs and after-school robotics classes and will acquire other important skills to be competitive in the workforce. As part of the unique STEM Americas methodology, teachers will also receive comprehensive training to improve their leadership and capacity to teach STEM subjects.

“The future is requiring a workforce that is knowledgeable in STEM skills,” said Katie Taylor, Executive Director at PADF. “We are focused on making STEM education accessible in disadvantaged public schools so that young girls and boys have the opportunity to grow and prosper.”

“Innovation is at the heart of the BMW Group, and we believe that innovative education is crucial for a sustainable future,” said Guillermo Areas, Head of Government and External Affairs for Latin America and the Caribbean  of the BMW Group. “This pilot program was designed to unleash students’ creativity and spawn new opportunities, launching them on an upward trajectory when they complete the program.”

The BMW Group has a long-established commitment to supporting education throughout the world, with programs that are informative, engaging and accessible to everyone. It is committed not only to creating jobs, but to supporting future technicians and engineers through STEM education and training programs. As such, BMW announced a $50,000 investment  over three years to support PADF’s initiative in Argentina.

STEM Americas is a public-private initiative developed by PADF to equip students for 21st-century thinking. It seeks to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists throughout Latin America and the Caribbean by challenging them to solve real-world problems with relevant solutions. In addition to Argentina, PADF has implemented STEM Americas programming in the Bahamas, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Panama, and will soon be expanding to Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru.

About PADF

The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) seeks to create a just, peaceful, and prosperous hemisphere where every person has the opportunity to thrive – by promoting human development, strengthening democracy and governance, advancing justice and security, and fostering resilience. We include and empower marginalized groups, women, youth, LGBTI, Afro and indigenous people, and migrants. We partner with and enable civil society, governments, and the private sector for the greater good of the region. Join us! www.padf.org

About the BMW Group

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services. The BMW Group production network comprises 30 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries; the company has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2018, the BMW Group sold over 2,490,000 passenger vehicles and more than 165,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the financial year 2018 was € 9.815 billion on revenues amounting to € 97.480 billion. As of 31 December 2018, the BMW Group had a workforce of 134,682 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

Nacho se Une a la Campaña #TodosSomosMigrantes


Esta campaña inspira y promueve una actitud más proactiva y humanitaria para ayudar a migrantes y refugiados venezolanos a integrarse en sus nuevas comunidades.

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Washington, D.C. (20 de junio de 2019) — El Cantante venezolano Nacho dice presente en el Día Mundial de los Refugiados, que se celebra cada 20 de junio, uniéndose a la campaña #TodosSomosMigrantes liderada por su coterráneo el cantautor Ricardo Montaner, junto a la Fundación Panamericana para el Desarrollo (PADF por sus siglas en inglés), el brazo humanitario de la  Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA) para promover la inclusión y solidaridad hacia los migrantes y refugiados a nivel internacional.

Mostremos nuestro apoyo a estas personas que se han visto obligadas a huir de sus países, por la situación económica, social y política de su país de origen”, señaló Nacho.  “Son padres e hijos, agricultores, maestros, médicos, ingenieros, todos ellos son seres humanos. Y, sobre todo, son sobrevivientes de un drama humano con una historia que habla de la capacidad de recuperación ante una gran pérdida y el dolor.  Despojados de su hogar, de sus familias, y de su país, los migrantes y refugiados son sacudidos por cada viento que sopla a través de nuestra región.  Le pido aquellas personas que sienten resentimiento y rechazo hacia los migrantes y refugiados, que se pongan la mano en el corazón y piensen,  ¿que haría yo si me encontrara en una situación similar?  El migrar y pedir refugio le puede tocar a cualquiera de nosotros, y con un poco de solidaridad y compasión podemos crecer juntos y aportar a un mejor futuro para todos y para la sociedad”, dijo Nacho.  

Hoy en día, el éxodo de venezolanos representa uno de los movimientos migratorios más grandes en el mundo. Según la Agencia de la ONU para los Refugiados (ACNUR) se estima que ya hay mas de 4 millones de migrantes y refugiados venezolanos.  Colombia acoge al mayor número de refugiados y migrantes de Venezuela, más de 1 millón, seguida por Perú con 506 mil, Chile con 288 mil, Ecuador con 221 mil, Argentina con 130 mil y Brasil con 96 mil. México y los países de Centroamérica y el Caribe también han acogido un número significativo de refugiados y migrantes de Venezuela.

El objetivo de esta campaña denominada #TodosSomosMigrantes, que inicialmente se implementará en Colombia y Perú donde más de 1,5 millones de migrantes y refugiados venezolanos viven en condiciones vulnerables, es motivar la empatía, la inclusión y la solidaridad hacia los migrantes y refugiados venezolanos, para lograr la integración y reducir la xenofobia.  La campaña surgió debido a que el rechazo hacia migrantes y refugiados venezolanos va mas allá del abuso verbal en las redes sociales. Las agresiones son evidentes y se expresan en forma de maltrato a vendedores ambulantes, negación de renta de inmuebles, negación de empleo, y casos de violencia extrema contra venezolanos.

#TodosSomosMigrantes esta disponible a través del sitio web y plataformas sociales de Nacho, Ricardo Montaner, PADF, y otros socios.  Adicionalmente, varios spots están siendo transmitidos por canales de televisión y radio en Latinoamérica y ampliamente en redes sociales.  Para bajar los spots y otros materiales de campaña, visite:  www.padf.org

Entre otras figuras publicas uniéndose a Ricardo Montaner y a Nacho, se encuentran el cantautor peruano Gian Marco, el cantautor nicaragüense Luis Enrique, la cantautora española Natalia Jiménez, el periodista e influyente colombiano Daniel Samper Ospina, el comunicador y creativo dominicano Iván Ruiz, la actriz venezolana Catherine Fulop, el cantante mexicano Yahir, entre otros más.    

Adicionalmente a la campaña, PADF implementa un programa de asistencia a los migrantes y refugiados venezolanos en Colombia y Perú. El programa busca aumentar acceso a los mecanismos de protección para los migrantes y refugiados, reducir la violencia basada en género, y mejorar la integración en sus nuevas comunidades. Con fondos del Departamento del Estado de los Estados Unidos, este programa busca mejorar condiciones para más de 44,000 migrantes y refugiados. “Gracias a la migración hay nuevas ideas y oportunidades de prosperidad para todos. La migración crea una riqueza en diversidad además de una economía dinámica.” expresó Katie Taylor, Directora Ejecutiva de PADF.

Acerca de PADF

La Fundación Panamericana para el Desarrollo (PADF, por sus siglas en inglés) fue establecida por la Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA) en 1962. PADF busca crear un hemisferio más justo, pacífico y próspero donde cada persona tenga la oportunidad de surgir.  Esto lo hacemos a través de la promoción del desarrollo humano, el fortalecimiento de la democracia y el buen gobierno, así como también el mejoramiento de la justicia y la seguridad. Para más información, visita:  www.padf.org

LAC Chat: How Project Ocean Watch is Inspiring Students to Care for Oceans

It's an adventure for sailors and students alike: As our newest STEM Americas partner, the Project Ocean Watch crew is about to set sail on a 2-year expedition to gather valuable ocean data and inspire students around the hemisphere! We sat down with Captain Mark Shrader, who told us about the adventure.