Dear journalist:

The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF), whose mission is to help vulnerable and excluded people in the Americas, will be part of the VII Summit of the Americas in Panama City; specifically the Civil Society Forum.

The Forum will be held at Hotel El Panama from Wednesday April 8 to Friday April 10, 2015. PADF Executive Director John Sanbrailo and Caterina Valero, Senior Program Director of PADF will attend. As experts with decades of experience in managing international development programs, they are available for interviews and can comment on the subject of civil society and sustainable development in the Americas.

As the development and humanitarian arm of the Organization of American States (OAS), PADF focuses precisely on the topics covered during the Forum, including citizen participation, economic development, education, democratic governance, reduction of violence, human rights and free speech.

PADF will also present the results of its 2014 Report: "Prosperity with Equity.” Last year, the foundation invested $92 million in development and disaster relief that impacted 15 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean. PADF's goal is to benefit 60 million people in Latin America between 2013 and 2017.

PADF will be available for comment about:

  • Trends and issues that are affecting the progress and prosperity of Latin America
  • The social and economic conditions that serve to create jobs, reduce insecurity, mitigate crime and violence and create better opportunities for vulnerable and excluded groups
  • The importance of promoting citizen participation to improve access to information, transparency and governance
  • The promotion of freedom of expression between citizens and the press

Please contact PADF for comment regarding the activities of the Summit or to learn about the scope of our programs.

Press contacts:

Hearly Mayr

Sharon Prigle

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