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Latin America & the Caribbean Regional Network
Be sure to visit the Regional Network's website: http://www.istrlac.org/

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 Latin America & the Caribbean Network at the 12th International Conference, Stockholm

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11th Annual Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Conference

Quito, Ecuador,
Week of October 16 - 20
Hosted by the Universidad de los Hemisferios and the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar Sede Ecuador. 

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Boletín de la Coordinación para América Latina y el Caribbean:
NUMERO 80 - Septiembre 2015 __________________________________________________________________________
10th Annual Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Conference

San Juan – Ponce, Puerto Rico, August 5 - 7 2015  -  Inequality, inclusion and social innovation

Conference Photos - View our gallery of photos here

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Puerto Rico Hosts the 10th ISTR Regional Latin America and the Caribbean Conference

By Alfredo Carrasquillo, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón


In a collaborative effort that brought together three of the leading higher education institutions in the country, two municipal governments and a local community foundation, Puerto Rico hosted the 10th Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean of the International Society for Third Sector Research. The gathering of researchers took place between the 5th and the 7th of August, 2015, in the capital city of San Juan and in the southern city of Ponce.

Nearly 120 participants were welcomed and housed at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in San Juan for the inaugural events of the conference. They were transported later on to the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico in Ponce, where they were welcomed and housed for the rest of the meeting. Both private universities, in an alliance with the public university system, Universidad de Puerto Rico, were in charge of the local coordination of the conference and made sure all logistics were taken care of.

Researchers from twenty different countries attended the inaugural ceremony at the beautiful Tapia Theater in Old San Juan, where the Secretary of State, Honorable David Bernier, and the Director of Community and Social Development of the Municipal Government of San Juan, Sara Benítez, gave welcoming remarks. Later on, the three university presidents, present at the inaugural event to show the relevance of the academic gathering for our institutions of higher education, explained the importance of the conversations and studies on the third sector, given the centrality nongovernmental organizations have acquired in contemporary Puerto Rico.

The interventions of local authorities were followed by an outstanding presentation by Professor Marcia Rivera, a prominent Puerto Rican sociologist and economist living in Uruguay, who has played a central role in the development of the field and among research institutions across the Latin American Region. Rivera centered her reflections on her concerns about social and economic inequality and the challenges inequality poses on third sector institutions and researchers.

After Rivera’s inaugural address, participants were transported to the Museum of San Juan, also in the Old San Juan historic district, where they enjoyed a traditional Puerto Rican dinner and Puerto Rican music in a lovely evening gathering hosted by the Municipal Government of San Juan.

The second day of the Conference and before heading to Ponce to begin the exchange among regional researchers, a panel met at the Emilio Belaval Theater at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, where two local initiatives were shared. Firstly, Puerto Rican leading researcher on third sector affairs, Professor Anitza Cox, presented the recently released results of the 2015 study on the Puerto Rican third sector. Secondly, the Assistant Secretary of Foreign Affairs at the State Department, Rafael Juarbe, presented the Initiative Somos País, that intends to bring together nongovernmental organizations from all over Puerto Rico and to facilitate governmental services and assistance to third sector initiatives. It was a unique opportunity for visitors to get a glimpse of the current state of affairs for nonprofits in Puerto Rico.

Participants then were transported to Ponce, a beautiful town in the southern region of the country, where the School of Law of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico served as hostess, with the local support of the Ponce Municipal Government, for the rest of the conference. Twenty two panels and ninety-five presentations were selected and organized by the academic committee of the Conference, many of which are already available on the regional network’s website.

Some of the topics explored in the regional conference included social inequality, citizen participation, sustainability, social innovation, democracy, accountability, and social entrepreneurship.

As participants were returning to San Juan to spend their last evening in Puerto Rico before heading home, most visitors expressed their satisfaction with a well-organized conference and, what is more important, an enriching academic experience.

The success of the event could not have happened without the hard work of Analía Betonni and Anabel Cruz from Uruguay, as well as the local leadership of José Vega and José Frontera. The support of the Puerto Rico Community Foundation, the Universidad de Puerto Rico, the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico, as well as the collaboration of the Municipal Governments of San Juan and Ponce, were key for the excellent results of the conference.

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Boletín de la Coordinación para América Latina y el Caribbean 

NUMERO 79 - Mayo 2015
NUMERO 78 - Febrero 2015
NUMERO 77 - Noviembre 2014

NUMERO 76- Julio 2014
NUMERO 75 - Diciembre 2013
NUMERO 74 - Octubre 2013
NUMERO 73
- Mayo 2013
NUMERO 72Febraro 2013
NUMERO 71 Noviembre 2012
NUMERO 70 - Julio 2012
NUMERO 68
- Setiembre 2011

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NEWS FROM THE 11th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN MUENSTER, GERMANY
July 2014
 

Some 30 participants joined the LAC network meeting in Muenster.  Much of the meeting was spent reviewing the successful meeting in Santiago, Chile in 2013.

 

Looking forward to 2015, the meeting will be held in Puerto Rico, 5 to 7 August 2015 and will be hosted by 3 Universities in Puerto Rico (Catholic University, University of Puerto Rico and Sagrado Corazon University). There will be two locations, San Juan and Ponce, but very well organized and Ponce and San Juan are only one hour distance from each other.

 

Transportation will be provided. Discussion focused on plans for Puerto Rico, including topics and reviewers.  The Call for Papers will be forthcoming

 

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Call for Potential Hosts of the Tenth Latin America Regional ISTR Conference to be held in 2015

The ISTR Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Network requests researchers and affiliated institutions from any country of the Region to step forward to express their interest in co-organizing the Tenth ISTR Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean, which will be held in 2015. Final decision on the location will be made by the ISTR Board during the International ISTR Conference in Muenster in July 2014. 

To read the full call, click here.

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