Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, Club Med, and the Pan American Development Foundation Launch Local Sourcing Assessment in the Dominican Republic.

Commitment announced at Clinton Global Initiative Action Network meeting in St. Thomas will evaluate feasibility to increase local sourcing and improve farmer incomes.

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (June 4, 2019) - At a meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery hosted by President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP) announced a commitment to launch an assessment in the Dominican Republic that would evaluate feasibility to increase sourcing from local farmers, connecting new customers and improving incomes for farmers in the region. Club Med and the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) have committed as partners for this project.

The commitment aims to provide a boost to the Dominican Republic’s agricultural sector. Smallholder farmers account for 73% of the farmers in the Dominican Republic. These smallholder farmers face threats from natural disasters, low productivity, little to no information about, or proximity to, end-markets that pay fair prices for their products. As a result, the Dominican Republic is a net importer of food.

This assessment will chart agricultural capacity across the island, identifying both potential crops that could be sourced and companies including Club Med that can serve as buyers for these products. Following research and feasibility analysis, CGEP will work to establish a social business that will purchase these crops and source them to buyers – creating new demand and higher income for smallholder farmers on the island. This builds on Club Med’s commitment to environmentally sustainable local sourcing solutions and PADF’s work of empowering communities in Latin America and the Caribbean to achieve sustainable economic and social progress.

CGEP, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, brings twelve years of building social businesses, including building end-to-end value chains supporting smallholder farmers in the agricultural sector. “Our social businesses have had significant positive impacts on the lives of farmers in El Salvador, Colombia, and Haiti,” said Frank Giustra, co-founder of CGEP. “I am excited to see our proven model being assessed for other regions, like the Dominican Republic, where I hope we can replicate our approach and help bridge the gap between farmers and buyers.”

“Ever since 1950, Club Med has been committed to pioneering new destinations and encouraging sustainable tourism. Over the years, we have continuously evolved our product based on our guests’ preferences, and what we have found is that travelers, now more than ever, are seeking truly immersive retreats. They seek to experience the local culture and especially its gastronomy,” shared Xavier Mufraggi, CEO of Club Med North America and the Caribbean. “With this program, our goal is to support the development of the local farming community, so they are able to act as a sustainable resource for the future of tourism to the Miches region of the Dominican Republic. We look forward to partnering with the local farmers so they can provide the necessary food resources for our newest resort, Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda, opening this December, and ultimately share the unique food and beverage offering of the region with guests from all over the world.”

“Sourcing food locally provides extensive benefits to our health, our economy, and our environment,” said Katie Taylor, Executive Director of the Pan American Development Foundation. “This type of partnership has the potential to fuel inclusive economic growth in the Dominican Republic and throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. We are excited to collaborate with CGEP and Club Med to help local farmers become an integral part of the Dominican Republic’s tourism sector.”

The assessment and potential agribusiness will build on CGEP’s expertise in building social businesses that sustainably impact smallholder farmers and fishers around the world, including in Haiti, El Salvador, and Colombia. In El Salvador, for example, purchasing by partner buyers from local farmers, through CGEP’s social business Acceso El Salvador has increased by over $19 million since its launch in 2014. CGEP builds social agribusinesses to generate social impact and financial returns by addressing market gaps in developing countries’ supply chains. Through this model, CGEP seeks to help farmers work themselves out of poverty through quality, long-term market linkages. CGEP also launched a similar assessment in Puerto Rico in April with partners Marriott, Walmart, Avendra, and World Central Kitchen.

The commitment was announced Tuesday, June 4 at the CGI Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery, which brings together leaders from government, business, and civil society to make commitments to help communities impacted by the 2017 hurricane season. At the meeting, participants discussed the current recovery efforts in the region, progress to date, ongoing challenges, and made Commitments to Action – specific and measurable projects that address critical issues such as food security, access to healthcare, small business support, sustainable tourism, and renewable energy.

About the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership

The Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP) is a social business builder that brings entrepreneurial solutions to global poverty – building from scratch, investing start-up capital, and managing agribusinesses that work with smallholder farmers and fishers. CGEP’s agribusinesses provide sustainably-sourced, high-quality local products that meet buyers’ demand at competitive prices and help improve the livelihoods of farmers and farming communities by improving agricultural productivity, creating job opportunities, and facilitating long-term linkages to high-value markets.

About Club Med

Club Med, founded in 1950, is the pioneer of the all-inclusive concept, offering approximately 70 premium resorts in stunning locations around the world including North and South America, Caribbean, Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Mediterranean. Each Club Med resort features authentic local style and comfortably upscale accommodations, superior sports programming and activities, enriching children's programs, gourmet dining, and warm and friendly service by its world-renown staff with legendary hospitality skills, an all-encompassing energy, and diverse backgrounds.

Club Med operates in more than 30 countries and continues to maintain its authentic Club Med spirit with an international staff of more than 23,000 employees from more than 110 different nationalities. Led by its pioneering spirit, Club Med continues to grow and adapt to each market with three to five new resort openings per year, including a new Alpine ski resort annually.

For more information, visit www.clubmed.us

About the Pan American Development Foundation

The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) seeks to create a just, peaceful, and prosperous hemisphere where every person has the opportunity to thrive. PADF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established by the Organization of American States (OAS) in 1962. We partner with and enable civil society, governments, and the private sector for the greater good of the region. Our work spans agro-forestation, urban and peri-urban agriculture, and climate smart agriculture in countries such as Colombia, Guatemala, and Haiti.

Ricardo Montaner Junto a Fundación Panamericana para el Desarrollo Lideran Campaña #TodosSomosMigrantes

Washington, D.C. (27 de mayo de 2019) — El Cantautor venezolano Ricardo Montaner une fuerzas con 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.

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Ricardo Montaner

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 3.4 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.

Es un honor tener a Ricardo Montaner como embajador para los derechos de los migrantes y refugiados de PADF y de la OEA, por su compromiso y apoyo a las comunidades migrantes de nuestro continente”, dijo el Secretario General de la OEA, Luis Almagro. “Durante grandes movimientos migratorios, como los que estamos viviendo hoy en día, es cuando necesitamos más del apoyo de influyentes como Montaner, para ayudarnos a inspirar a personas en países receptores a brindar una mano amiga, y ayudar a integrar a migrantes y refugiados en sus nuevos países. El éxodo causado por la vulneración de los derechos humanos de los venezolanos no es un proceso fácil. Ante esta situación, todos tenemos la obligación moral de ayudar”, señaló el Secretario General Almagro.

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 se oficializará este 27 de mayo a las 12:00 h (mediodía), hora de Washington, DC, (11 am hora de Bogotá y Lima), a través del sitio web y plataformas sociales de Ricardo Montaner, OEA, PADF, y otros socios.  Adicionalmente, varios spots serán transmitidos por canales de televisión en Latinoamérica y ampliamente en redes sociales. Para bajar los spots y otros materiales de campaña, visite:  www.padf.org

“Lo que muchas veces se pierde de vista con expresiones de rechazo hacia los migrantes y refugiados es que detrás está un drama humano.  Muchos de los venezolanos y otros migrantes y refugiados que llegan a un nuevo país no vienen voluntariamente, sino que se han visto obligados a huir del país por la situación económica, social y política de su país de origen”, señaló Ricardo Montaner, Embajador para los Derechos de los Migrantes y Refugiados de PADF y de la OEA.  

Con el fin de extender el alcance de este mensaje de integración y solidaridad a todos los rincones del continente americano, Ricardo Montaner hizo un llamado a sus colegas del mundo del entretenimiento para unirse a esta iniciativa y utilizar sus voces y plataformas sociales para promover la integración de las comunidades migrantes en sus nuevos países.  “Esta es la oportunidad para liderar con el ejemplo, así como la música no necesita pasaporte y no conoce fronteras, mi sueño es que todos nosotros latinoamericanos podamos vernos sin importar banderas o de donde venimos.  Lo importante es contribuir un mejor futuro para todos y para la sociedad.  La integración y la tolerancia son las mejores herramientas para luchar contra la xenofobia”, dijo Montaner.

Entre otras figuras publicas uniéndose a Montaner, se encuentran el cantautor peruano Gian Marco, la cantautora española Natalia Jiménez, el periodista e influyente colombiano Daniel Samper Ospina, el comunicador y creativo dominicano Iván Ruiz, entre otros más.

En adición 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

Acerca de OEA

La Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA) es el principal foro político de las Américas región, que reúne a todas las naciones independientes del hemisferio occidental para, conjuntamente, promover la democracia, fortalecer los derechos humanos, fomentar la paz, la seguridad y la cooperación, y avanzar en el logro de intereses comunes. Desde su origen, la OEA ha tenido como principal objetivo prevenir conflictos y brindar estabilidad política, inclusión social y prosperidad en la región a través del diálogo y de acciones colectivas como la cooperación y la mediación.


Contacto de prensa: 

Isaac Fast, Oficina de Comunicaciones, PADF

+1(202) 458-3969 |  ifast@padf.org

Mónica Reyes, Prensa y Comunicaciones, OEA

The PepsiCo Foundation to Celebrate the Installation of Solar Energy and Water Filtration Systems to Strengthen Disaster Preparedness in 10 Communities across Puerto Rico

Washington, DC (May 20, 2019) – The PepsiCo Foundation and its partners from the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) and Para la Naturaleza (PLN) will hold a celebration on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 with members of the community of Juan Domingo in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. The event will commemorate the installation of off-grid solar energy, water collection, and water filtration systems at the Juan Domingo en Acción community center.

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This PepsiCo Foundation-supported initiative will strengthen disaster preparedness in the community of Juan Domingo by providing access to alternate sources of energy and safe drinking water following future hurricanes. This is the first of 10 installations that will be completed and begin serving communities across Puerto Rico by October 2019. An estimated 35,000 Puerto Ricans are expected to benefit from the project. The 10 sites supported under this initiative are in San Juan, Guaynabo, Loiza, Caguas, Rio Hondo, Utuado, Luquillo, and Culebra.

“Disaster events often hit disadvantaged communities the hardest, and hurricanes Irma and Maria were no exception,” said Katie Taylor, PADF Executive Director. “Millions were left without access to electricity, clean drinking water, and other vital services for several months.” Taylor adds, “By providing more reliable access to electricity and drinking water, we’re witnessing a shift in communities’ ability to reduce the harmful effects of future hurricanes.”

Fernando Lloveras San Miguel, President of PLN, says Puerto Rico’s dependence on fossil fuels and food imports puts residents at great risk to hurricanes. With support from PepsiCo Foundation and others, PLN is helping communities to have access to sustainable energy and attain food security through ecological farming. PLN is also leading reforestation efforts in Puerto Rico. Lloveras is proud that such investments are “promoting food security, advancing sustainability, ensuring that residents can enjoy basic services throughout the year, and improving quality of life for the people of Puerto Rico.”

According to Magdalena Hernandez, Executive Director of the community organization Juan Domingo en Acción, more than 60 families of children attending school at the Juan Domingo en Acción community center lost their homes following Hurricane Maria. Thanks to The PepsiCo Foundation and its partners, Hernandez said, “the school is going to become an oasis for energy and water for more than 300 families during future emergencies.”


“In emergency situations, community centers like those supported by this project often serve as eyes and ears in the community,” said Aaron Van Alstine, PADF Senior Program Manager for Disaster Resilience. “Members of these community-based organizations are uniquely positioned to monitor and understand the needs of the residents.” Van Alstine says, “Access to solar energy will improve their ability to relay life-saving information to emergency responders, to serve as hubs for the distribution of emergency aid, and to provide a crucial meeting space for community members to come together and support each other in times of extreme hardship.”


The PepsiCo Foundation and its partners at PADF and Para la Naturaleza will hold a tree planting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. AST on Wednesday, May 22 to celebrate the equipment installation at the Juan Domingo en Acción community center. The event will take place at Centro Andarínes, Avenida Los Robles, #55-57, Barrio Juan Domingo, Guaynabo, PR 00966.


About The PepsiCo Foundation

Established in 1962, The PepsiCo Foundation works with nonprofit partners and invests in the essential elements of a sustainable food system – helping alleviate hunger, manage water and waste responsibly, and support women as champions of nutrition from farm to family. For more information, visit https://www.pepsico.com/sustainability/philanthropy.


PepsiCo Foundation
Jonathan George
+1 (972) 334-2205

Isaac Fast
+1 (202) 280-3846

Para la Naturaleza
Yazmín Solla
+1 (787) 942-1694

Gobierno de Ecuador otorga registro a la Fundación Panamericana para el Desarrollo

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La Cancillería Ecuatoriana suscribió un convenio de cooperación con la Fundación Panamericana para el Desarrollo (PADF por sus siglas en inglés).

Quito, Ecuador (17 de Mayo, 2019) - Reflejando los avances positivos para la sociedad civil en el país, el viernes 17 de mayo, en un acto celebrado en el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Movilidad Humana, la Viceministra Subrogante de Relaciones Exteriores, Integración Política y Cooperación Internacional, Embajadora Fanny de Lourdes Puma, y la Directora de PADF para Ecuador, Marcela Bueno, firmaron el convenio marco de cooperación que le otorga personería jurídica a la ONG internacional. Fundada en 1962 por mandato del Consejo Permanente de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA), PADF es el brazo de sociedad civil del organismo multilateral.

Con una trayectoria que incluye haber trabajado en todos los países del hemisferio por más de cinco décadas, PADF se dedica a servir a las personas más vulnerables en América Latina y el Caribe, y busca crear un hemisferio justo, pacífico y próspero en el que cada persona tenga la oportunidad de desarrollarse. Sus áreas de intervención en la región incluyen democracia y derechos humanos; paz, seguridad y justicia; ambiente y resiliencia ante desastres; y oportunidades económicas, salud, nutrición y educación.

En Ecuador, PADF articulará esfuerzos entre actores de gobierno, sector privado, academia y sociedad civil para atender los retos más urgentes para el desarrollo del país, trabajando en diversos temas como la lucha contra la corrupción, el desarrollo social y ambientalmente sostenible, la participación ciudadana, y la inclusión de los grupos más vulnerables como los pueblos indígenas, la población afrodescendiente y los migrantes. Tras la firma del convenio, la Directora Ejecutiva de PADF (cuya sede se ubica en Washington, D.C.), Katie Taylor, manifestó desde la capital estadounidense que “es un honor recibir este reconocimiento oficial para trabajar de la mano de todos los ecuatorianos por el bienestar de su población. Ecuador es un gran país que inspiró a grandes naturalistas como Humboldt y Darwin, nos dio estadistas como Galo Plaza Lasso, y pese a ser pequeño en tamaño es hogar de cuatro mundos de maravillas naturales, culinarias y culturales. Ecuador está viviendo un momento trascendental en su historia y PADF está aquí para apoyar.”

Marcela Bueno
Directora Técnica
PADF Ecuador

¿Puede la Prensa Libre Sobrevivir a las Noticias Falsas?

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Mientras algunos gritan “¡Noticias Falsas!”, otros trabajan incansablemente para decir la verdad al poder, como una prensa libre, es un aspecto vital de una democracia sana. Pero ¿Cómo podemos diferenciarlos? ¿Cómo sabemos si vivimos en una sociedad con una prensa libre? ¿Quién cuenta como periodista o medio de comunicación en esta era de medios sociales y plataformas digitales? ¿Y como podemos confiar en lo que los periodistas nos están diciendo?

Todas estas son preguntas difíciles e importantes por responder, y hoy más que nunca, en el Día Mundial de la Libertad de Prensa. Las Naciones Unidas designan el 3 de Mayo como un día para celebrar cuatro pilares fundamentales de una prensa libre:

  1. Compartir los principios clave de libertad de prensa;

  2. Defender a los medios de ataques a su independencia;

  3. Rendir homenaje a los periodistas que han perdido sus vidas en el cumplimiento de su deber;  

  4. Evaluar el estado de la prensa libre alrededor del mundo.

Y como parte de las Metas de Desarrollo Sustentable para 2030 (Las SDG por sus siglas en Inglés), los países del mundo han acordado la SDG 16, que busca asegurar el acceso público a la información y proteger las libertades fundamentales como parte de los esfuerzos para promover la paz, la justicia, y las instituciones fuertes. La libertad de la prensa es un elemento vital para esto. Y evaluar el estado de la libertad de prensa requiere estar de acuerdo en definiciones, estándares, y metodologías para monitorear y evaluar esos estándares y permitir análisis comparativos entre países y regiones. Para poder confiar en las noticias y medios de comunicación, todos necesitamos estar de acuerdo en qué es evidencia o hecho, y qué cuenta como opinión, y desarrollar estándares para diferenciar entre las dos. Y organizaciones civiles sin fines de lucro pueden ayudar como “vigilantes” de lo que está pasando en países alrededor del mundo para continuar fortaleciendo la libertad de expresión y la prensa libre. 

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A ese respecto, un conjunto de organizaciones de sociedades civiles vigilantes a través de las Américas ha lanzado una emocionante iniciativa llamada Voces del Sur. Esta red de vigilantes ha desarrollado estándares regionales para el monitoreo de la prensa libre y la libertad de expresión. Por primera vez, organizaciones de ocho países están reportando violaciones de acuerdo a los mismos criterios y diseminando alertas por medio de una plataforma en común (www.vocesdelsurunidas.org). Organizaciones de nuevos países continúan uniéndose a la iniciativa. Esto ya ha permitido nuevas formas de analizar y reportar. Las alertas pueden ser ordenadas por tipo, ubicación, categoría de la víctima, y agresor, y pueden ser rastreadas a través del tiempo. Esto ya ha mejorado los esfuerzos de apoyo regional, ya que audiencias en la Comisión Interamericana de los Derechos Humanos y las Naciones Unidas han recurrido a esta información para contextualizar información de un país dado o posicionarlo como parte de una tendencia más amplia.

Aún más emocionante, como un colectivo, la red de Voces del Sur recientemente presentó un informe paralelo a las Naciones Unidas sobre la SDG 16, sobre pasos que los países necesitan seguir para asegurar el acceso a la información y libertad de prensa. Este reporte paralelo informará a una revisión de las Naciones Unidas del cumplimiento de los estados miembros con sus compromisos de SDG y subsecuentes recomendaciones al nacional. Un enlace a ese reporte puede ser encontrado aquí.

PADF está orgulloso de apoyar la red de Voces del Sur y sus esfuerzos por promover la prensa libre a través del hemisferio como parte de nuestro compromiso con la democracia y los derechos humanos y nuestro trabajo para fortalecer la sociedad civil e instituciones a través de América Latina y el Caribe. Creemos que una prensa libre es tan importante como las ramas del gobierno y la separación de poderes para asegurar que los individuos y las instituciones se responsabilicen y que los derechos de los individuos y comunidades vulnerables sean protegidos. Como autor e intelectual Jonathan Rauch ha dicho, “hay una razón por la que la primera enmienda (de la Constitución de los Estados Unidos) es la primera”. Hoy, en el Día Mundial de la Prensa Libre, es importante tener eso en mente y luchar por una prensa libre y por los derechos y seguridad de los periodistas a través de la región y alrededor del mundo.

Can a Free Press Survive Fake News?

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While some scream “Fake News!” others work tirelessly to speak truth to power, as a free press is a vital aspect of a healthy democracy. But how can we tell the difference? How do we know if we live in a society with a free press? Who even counts as a journalist or media outlet in this age of social media and digital platforms? And how can we trust what journalists are telling us?

These are all difficult and important questions to answer, and never more so than today, on World Press Freedom Day. The United Nations designates May 3 as a day to celebrate four fundamental pillars of a free press:

  1. Share key principles of press freedom

  2. Defend the media from attacks on their independence

  3. Pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty

  4. Assess the state of press freedom throughout the world

And as part of the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 (SDGs), the countries of the world have agreed to SDG 16, which seeks to ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms as part of efforts to promote peace, justice, and strong institutions. Freedom of the press is a vital element of this. And assessing the state of press freedom requires agreed upon definitions, standards, and methodologies to monitor and evaluate those standards and allow comparative analysis between countries and regions. In order to trust news and media outlets, we all need to agree on what is evidence or fact versus what counts as opinion, and develop standards to differentiate between the two. And not-for-profit, civil society organizations can help as “watchdogs” of what is happening in countries around the world to continue to strengthen freedom of expression and a free press.

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In that regard, a collection of civil society watchdog organizations throughout the Americas has launched an exciting initiative called Voces del Sur (”Voices of the South”). This network of watchdogs has developed regional standards for the monitoring of press freedom and freedom of expression. For the first time, organizations from eight countries are reporting on violations according to the same criteria and disseminating alerts via a common platform, vocesdelsurunidas.org. Organizations from new countries continue to join the initiative. This has already allowed for new forms of analysis and reporting. Alerts can be sorted by type, location, category of victim, and aggressor and tracked across time. It has enhanced regional advocacy efforts, as hearings at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the United Nations draw on this information to contextualize information from a given country or position it as part of a broader trend.  

Even more exciting, as a collective the Voces del Sur network recently presented a shadow report to the United Nations on SDG 16, on steps countries need to take to ensure access to information and freedom of the press. This shadow report will inform a UN review of member states’ compliance with their SDG commitments and subsequent recommendations to national.

PADF is proud to support the Voces del Sur network and efforts to promote press freedom throughout the hemisphere as part of our commitment to democracy and human rights and our work to strengthen civil society and institutions throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. We believe that a free press is just as important as branches of government and separation of powers in ensuring that individuals and institutions are held accountable and that the rights of vulnerable individuals and communities are protected. As author and intellectual Jonathan Rauch has said, “there is a reason that the first amendment [of the U.S. Constitution] is first.” On today, World Press Freedom Day, it is important to keep that in mind and stand up for a free press and the rights and security of journalists throughout the region and around the world.

Celebrating the Life of John Sanbrailo, 1943-2019


Washington, D.C. (April 22, 2019) – Former Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) Executive Director John Sanbrailo passed away peacefully in his home in Vienna, VA on Saturday, April 20. Throughout his astounding career, John inspired his friends and colleagues, and he will be remembered affectionately for his unwavering commitment to peace and progress in Latin America and the Caribbean.

“We are mourning the loss of such a steadfast supporter of Latin America and the Caribbean,” said Kristan Beck, Chief Operating Officer at PADF, “but we are celebrating John’s incredible life. His dedication to improving lives was evident not only in his extensive career accomplishments but in his daily interactions with those around him.”

Before passing, John wrote that his colleagues from the Peace Corps, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and PADF along with his compassionate friends, neighbors and Our Lady of Good Counsel Church were a great inspiration to him. 

In 1999, PADF’s Board of Trustees recruited John as its new Chief Executive Officer. He dedicated 18 years to rebuilding and growing PADF as a more effective instrument for supporting Inter-American solidarity, raising the incomes and living standards of those in Latin America and the Caribbean. His work mobilized and expended almost $1.0 billion while strengthening local non-governmental organizations and municipalities. Due to health conditions, John retired from PADF on September 30, 2017. During John’s last years, the Foundation grew to record numbers, reaching over 10 million people in 2018. 

John graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in economics and international relations. After graduating, he joined the Peace Corps in Venezuela, thereby beginning his life-long career in international development. Later, John attended San Francisco State University and obtained a master’s degree in economic development and international relations, where he was then recruited by USAID for assignment in Quito, Ecuador. There, he met his wife Cecilia and married in 1974. 

From 1976-1979, John served as USAID’s Assistant Director for Project Development and Director for Programming, Planning, Budgeting and Evaluation in the Latin American Bureau, where he established a strategy for reforming struggling economies. He then served as USAID Mission Director in Ecuador, Peru, Honduras and El Salvador, respectively, over a span of fourteen consecutive years. His work focused on improving democratic governance, rural development and access to public health, among others. John worked closely with influential politicians like Ecuadorian Presidents Jaime Roldós and Osvaldo Hurtado, and the National Government and Honduran Congress, who provided him one of the country’s highest honors for his service to their respective countries. He also received a Presidential Award in 1993 for his work in Honduras. John also served as a consultant to the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Ecuadorian government.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the “USAID Alumni Association.”

Sunday, April 28th, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Money & King Funeral Home
171 West Maple Avenue
Vienna, VA 22180

Monday, April 29th, 10:00am
Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church
8601 Wolftrap Road, SE
Vienna, VA 22182
Luncheon to follow at the church

Haiti: Partnership with Ayiti Community Trust and PADF to Strengthen Haitian Environment, Civic Participation and Entrepreneurship

Port-au-Prince, Haiti (April 15, 2019) - The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) and the Ayity Community Trust (ACT) have signed a new partnership to drive innovation, inclusion, and job creation in local communities in Haiti. The partnership will mobilize additional resources for community empowerment and resilience to improve the quality of life for Haitian communities.

"Haitians are extraordinarily innovative, and there are many promising opportunities to improve lives in Haiti,” said Katie Taylor, Executive Director of PADF. “We are very proud to partner with ACT to create sustainable development and self-reliance through local initiatives.”

The ACT and PADF will collaborate with USAID-funded community-led funding and development programs through the Organization of American States (OAS), the Participatory Community Development (CDD) program and the Small Grants Facility (SGF), which build the capacity of local organizations, strengthen community development, and support promising local solutions.

Areas of cooperation may be expanded to include broader water and sanitation, livelihood enhancement, economic development, environmental, land and natural resource management, resilient communities, community empowerment and capacity building.

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. PADF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established by the Organization of American States (OAS) in 1962. We partner with and enable civil society, governments, and the private sector for the greater good of the region.

About Ayiti Community Trust (ACT): Ayiti Community Trust ACT is the country's first endowment fund. Built on Haiti's strengths and focused on the local needs of Haitians, it provides resources for sustainable solutions. ACT is registered in Haiti and operates as a grant-making community foundation. The fund will provide sustainable support to Haitian organizations in Haiti through three interconnected pillars: environment, civic education and entrepreneurship. Registered as a 501(c)(3) organization in the United States, ACT was incubated by The Miami Foundation, the largest community foundation serving Miami for more than 50 years.

Community Driven Development (CDD): CDD is a three-year program funded by USAID, granted to the Secretary General (SG) of the OAS and implemented by PADF. The program aims to strengthen citizen participation between local authorities and civil society by identifying community development and investment priorities to stimulate employment growth, improve service delivery and better meet the needs of local people. The broader objective of CDD interventions is to support long-term local governance and capacity development in Haiti. The response from the SG, OAS and PADF is also aligned with the Government of Haiti's local governance priorities to increase local self-government, capacity and access to public services, as well as specific water and sanitation strategies, which emphasize decentralized systems run by the local community.

Small Grants Facility (SGF): The SGF aims to provide sub-grants to local organizations at the national level to sustainably build their capacity to achieve key development goals in specific areas of the program such as natural resource management, economic growth, basic education, community development, disaster preparedness, civic participation and social inclusion, subject to the availability of funds for each of the program areas. SGF is a 5-year project of the OAS, funded by USAID and implemented by PADF.

Ecuador: La Dimensión Social del Financiamiento Multilateral

La transparencia como requisito para la sostenibilidad de las reformas económicas y sus componentes sociales.

Washington, D.C. (13 de Abril, 2019) - La Fundación Panamericana para el Desarrollo (PADF por sus siglas en inglés), en alianza con Analytica Investments Ltd., llevó a cabo un conversatorio con el Ministro de Finanzas de Ecuador, Richard Martínez, sobre la dimensión social del paquete de financiamiento multilateral recientemente anunciado por Ecuador.

Al evento asistieron diversos actores de organismos multilaterales, privados y de sociedad civil, así como de la cooperación internacional, para discutir el papel que pueden jugar las organizaciones de los distintos sectores en aliviar la pobreza al mismo tiempo que resolver retos fiscales. Durante sus intervenciones el Ministro Martínez resaltó la importancia de la transparencia para lograr la sostenibilidad de las reformas y mencionó el avance en la implementación de la Alianza para el Gobierno Abierto que ampliará la información de entidades gubernamentales expuesta al público.

Adicionalmente, enfatizó que con el apoyo de los organismos multilaterales Ecuador reformará la Ley Anticorrupción e incluirá medidas para incrementar la trasparencia y participación ciudadana en la construcción del presupuesto del estado. En ese sentido, los participantes se comprometieron a apoyar este proceso, por ejemplo a través de una iniciativa conjunta de PADF y el Centro de Estudios Internacionales Estratégicos (CSIS por sus siglas en inglés) para replicar mejores prácticas de lucha contra la corrupción en países de la región. Los participantes se comprometieron a continuar la discusión con el objetivo de establecer alianzas para fomentar la transparencia en el uso de recursos públicos lograr un verdadero desarrollo sostenible.

En meses recientes Ecuador ha anunciado una serie de acuerdos de crédito con la comunidad internacional por un total de US $ 10,279 mil millones, del cual 4,2 mil millones provendrán del Fondo Monetario Internacional (FMI). Esta asistencia se enmarca en el Plan de Prosperidad de Ecuador, anunciado en agosto de 2018 y sostenido en cuatro pilares: Consolidación fiscal y estabilidad monetaria; Igualdad de oportunidades y protección social; Empleo y reactivación productiva; y Manejo eficiente y transparente de los recursos. La priorización de la dimensión social del Plan de Prosperidad reflejada en el segundo pilar sobre igualdad de oportunidades y protección social ha sido reconocida por organismos internacionales como el Banco Mundial, la Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF), el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID) y el Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD). En el marco de la llegada de los primeros US$ 650 millones provenientes del FMI, el Presidente ecuatoriano Lenín Moreno anunció el 15 de marzo que de esos recursos se destinarán US $ 230 millones a “proyectos sociales emblemáticos” en áreas como educación, salud, y trabajo. El Ministro Martínez especificó que las inversiones prioritarias incluirán la infraestructura hospitalaria y mantenimiento de los hospitales, el empleo juvenil, la educación primaria, y la investigación tecnológica, entre otros. El cuarto pilar, que enfatiza la importancia de la transparencia en el uso de recursos públicos, se verá reflejado en la implementación de principios de gobierno abierto y en reformas legales contra la corrupción.

Perfil – Richard Martínez, Ministro de Economía y Finanzas de Ecuador

Richard Martínez es Ministro de Economía y Finanzas de Ecuador desde mayo de 2018. Es licenciado en Ciencias Económicas por la Universidad Católica de Ecuador, tiene un MBA Ejecutivo de la Escuela de Negocios IDE (Ecuador) y estudios de postgrado de la Universidad de Barcelona (España) y la Universidad Miguel de Cervantes (Chile). Antes de su nombramiento como Ministro, ocupó cargos de liderazgo en asociaciones del sector privado ecuatoriano, como la Cámara de Industrias y Producción, la Federación de Cámaras de Industrias y, más recientemente, como Presidente del Comité Empresarial Ecuatoriano de 2015 a 2018.

Sobre Analytica Investments Ltd.

Analytica Investments Ltd. y sus filiales en Quito, Ecuador, Analytica Securities C.A., Analytica Funds Management C.A. y Analytica Advisor ofrecen una amplia cartera de servicios financieros, incluyendo la intermediación en las bolsas de valores de Quito y Guayaquil, gestión de fondos y fideicomisos, asesoría en fusiones y adquisiciones, e investigación económica para empresas financieras de compra y venta, así como empresas multinacionales. www.analytica.ec

Sobre PADF

PADF se dedica a servir a las personas más vulnerables en América Latina y el Caribe, y busca crear un hemisferio justo, pacífico y próspero en el que cada persona tenga la oportunidad de desarrollarse. PADF es una organización sin fines de lucro establecida por la Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA) en 1962. PADF articula soluciones en alianza con la sociedad civil, los gobiernos y el sector privado por el bien de la región. www.padf.org

Partnership between PADF and IICA to benefit vulnerable communities in the Americas

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San José, 29 March 2019 (IICA). The Pan American Foundation for Development (PADF) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) will boost rural and agricultural development in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) by implementing joint actions to benefit vulnerable communities, such as migrants, women and young people from rural areas, people of African descent, and indigenous people.

The decision was the outcome of a meeting at the Headquarters of the specialized agricultural agency in Costa Rica, where a delegation from PADF—headed by Executive Director, Katie Taylor—met with authorities from the Institute, headed by Director General, Manuel Otero, to explore shared areas of focus.


The PADF-IICA partnership will promote inclusion, empowerment and innovation for vulnerable communities. The specific areas for action will include the Central American Dry Corridor, Colombia and Haiti.

PADF is the humanitarian arm of the Organization of American States (OEA). Established in 1962 through a special OAS agreement, the Foundation promotes social progress, strengthens vulnerable communities, responds to natural disasters and humanitarian crises, and champions human rights and democracy.

Some of the first initiatives to be introduced will involve the development of an agriculture-specific STEM program (STEM refers to the teaching of science-, technology-, engineering- and mathematics-related subjects), to attract and train young people, and support for projects that both institutions are carrying out in Colombia, Haiti and the Trifinio region. Approximately 750,000 people live in the Trifinio region - the tri-border area between Guatemala, Honduras and el Salvador.

Taylor remarked that, “Both of our institutions are attempting to assist rural and agricultural communities through the use of innovation, technology, and sustainable development tools. Our aim is to expand our network of contacts; to move away from traditional agriculture; and to tap into the biodiversity, bioecology, and the bioeconomy of the regions, focusing on young people—who represent the future—and on incorporating a gender focus. The Latin American and Caribbean region is home to 250 million people living in conditions of poverty, exclusion and vulnerability, and we are here to help them”.

During the meeting, both organizations also agreed to work together to obtaining funding to implement new projects for the benefit of the countries in the hemisphere.

PADF also expressed an interest in contributing to the European Union-IICA initiative in the Central American Dry Corridor, which is seeking to improve productivity and guarantee food security for small-scale producers of basic cereals.

Otero, on the other hand, stressed the fact that, “Since I assumed the leadership of IICA’s General Directorate, the Institute has pursued a very aggressive policy to forge strategic partnerships, and this partnership with the Pan-American Development Foundation is one noteworthy example, given the modern approach that you are taking to assist vulnerable communities in the American region. We have overlapping agendas and must gradually build the agriculture sector that we hope for, in the context of this technological revolution”.

In the area of agriculture, PADF is working on issues such as agroforestation, urban and peri-urban agriculture, and climate smart agriculture, always prioritizing the human dimension; whereas IICA’s technical cooperation roadmap focusses on five strategic areas: bioeconomy and production development; territorial development and family farming; trade and integration; climate change; natural resources and risk management; and agricultural health and food safety. Gender and youth and Innovation and technology are two cross-cutting issues that are also components of this strategy.

Taylor observed that, “We are problem solvers and natural partners, who share the same enthusiasm to transform lives through inclusion, the empowerment of people in the region, and capacity building - working hard and enjoying what we do to change the world”.

During her visit to IICA, Taylor was accompanied by PADF’s Regional Director for Mexico and Central America, Camila Payan, and by the Foundation’s Director of Socioeconomic Development and Institutional Strengthening, Gloria Acosta. 

IICA is the specialized agency for agriculture in the Inter-American system, with a mission to encourage, promote and support its 34 Member States in their efforts to achieve agricultural development and rural well-being through international technical cooperation of excellence.