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Latin America & the Caribbean Regional Network


3-5 JULY 2019
Universidad EAFIT, 
Medellín, Colombia

PhD Seminar July 2-3, 2019 

Be sure to visit the Regional Network's website:


Boletín de la Coordinación para América Latina y el Caribbean:


ISTR LAC Network Secretariat Transition - Taking Stock and Moving Forward


Click here to view the report



11th Latin America & the Caribbean Network Conference

October 18 - 20, 2017  |  Quito, Ecuador

Hosted by the Universidad de los Hemisferios and the Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar Sede Ecuadar


Click here to see photos from the conference 

Conference Program

Conference Report

Keynote Address by Bernardo Toro 
Democracy and Civil Society in Latin America and the Caribbean in a Time of Change
Read the full text here.


'My Experience at ISTR LAC 2017'

By Morgana Krieger, PhD Student, Fundação Getulio Vargas in São Paulo, Brazil 



ISTR members and non-members: please click here to register
Students: please click here to register

ISTR Members: $100

Non-members: $150 - this includes ISTR membership through 31-December-2018

Non-member Students: $125 – this includes ISTR membership through 31-December-2018 and attendance to the LAC PhD Seminar


 International Academic Committee

·         Argentina: Gabriel Berger, University of San Andrés (UDESA)

·         Brazil: Paula Chies Schommer, Santa Catarina State University (UDESC)

·         Costa Rica: Urs Jager, INCAE Business School Colombia: Natalia Franco, Los Andes University

·         Ecuador: Daniel Barragán, Los Hemisferios University Wilson Araque, Simón Bolívar
                           Andean University

·         United States: Susan Appe, Binghamton University

·         Mexico: Jacqueline Butcher, CIESC – Monterrey Institute of Technology

·         Puerto Rico: José I. Vega, University of Puerto Rico (UPR)

·         Uruguay: Analía Bettoni, Instituto de Comunicación y Desarrollo
                                               (Institute for Communication and Development - ICD)
                          Anabel Cruz, Instituto de Comunicación y Desarrollo
                                               (Institute for Communication and Development - ICD) Venezuela:
                          Vanessa Cartaya, Red Sinergia (Synergy Network)


Organizing Committee

  • Daniel Barragán, Los Hemisferios University, Ecuador
  • Jairo Rivera, Simón Bolívar Andean University, Ecuador
  • Paula Chies Schommer, Santa Catarina State University (UDESC), Brazil
  • Analía Bettoni, ICD, Uruguay
  • Anabel Cruz, ICD, Uruguay 




Democracy and Civil Society in Latin America and the Caribbean in a Time of Change

To read the full call, click here.

Keynote Speaker: Bernardo Toro

Bernardo Toro is a
Colombian philosopher and educator, one of the most important thinkers on education and democracy in Latin America. He studied Philosophy and Physics and Mathematics, in undergraduate courses. He has a postgraduate degree in Research and Educational Technology.  To learn more, please click here.



Goals of the 11th Annual ISTR Regional Conference:

1.    Bring together a diverse, pluralistic and international group of researchers who are focused on Latin America and the Caribbean and who are developing knowledge on regional civil society and the non-profit/third sector.


2.    Disseminate research advances on various aspects of civil society in the region with an emphasis on specific thematic areas.


3.    Foster a fruitful dialogue on advances in research and the social, political, economic and cultural processes in the region, with a special emphasis on actions and linkages among civil society sectors in different countries.


4.    Strengthen community and academic ties between researchers and institutions that study civil society and foster exchanges and cooperation with action-oriented organizations.


5.    Get more researchers of the region interested and involved in issues related to civil society while promoting linkages.


6.    Promote the dissemination of research results in an effort to foster actions by various civil society organizations and practitioners.


7.    Bolster participation and analysis of civil society in Ecuador in the context of an election year there in light of the possible institutional and political changes that could affect civil society’s efforts in the country.





10 March 2017

Announcement publication for the 11th Annual ISTR Regional Conference

29 May 2017

Extended deadline to receive abstracts

15 July 2017

Notification of acceptance of works

1 September 2017

Application for partial grants with delivery of completed work (depending on resource availability)

10 September 2017

Notification of acceptance of requests for partial grants

20 September 2017

Deadline to receive completed papers for inclusion on the official conference website

18 - 20 October 2017

11th Annual ISTR Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean




Publicado: 19-05-2017
Fecha: Jueves 1 de junio de 2017
Hora: De 18h30 a 20h30
Lugar: Sala Manuela Sáenz

El Área de Gestión de la Universidad Andina Simón Bolíva, la Universidad de Los Hemisferios y la Sociedad Internacional para la Investigación del Tercer Sector -ISTR-, invitan a la mesa de análisis “Perspectivas de la democracia en América Latina y el Caribe: una visión desde la sociedad civil”.


Analizar el estado de la democracia en América Latina y el Caribe desde el punto de vista de la sociedad civil y presentar la Decimoprimera Conferencia Regional de América Latina y el Caribe de ISTR a realizarse en la ciudad de Quito, del 18 al 20 de octubre de 2017.


Daniel Barragán, director ejecutivo del Centro Internacional de Investigaciones sobre Ambiente y Territorio de la Universidad de Los Hemisferios.


  • Anabel Cruz, coordinadora regional de la Sociedad Internacional para la Investigación del Tercer Sector.
  • Orazio Bellettini, presidente de la Confederación Ecuatoriana de Organizaciones de la Sociedad Civil.
  • Julio Echeverría, director ejecutivo del Instituto de la Ciudad.
  • Moderador: Wilson Araque, director del Área Académica de Gestión y del Observatorio de la PyME de la Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar, Sede Ecuador.


Las personas interesadas en asistir deben inscribirse en el formulario en línea. 




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

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


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.


Boletín de la Coordinación para América Latina y el Caribbean 

Numero 80Septiembre 2015
- Mayo 2015
NUMERO 78 - Febrero 2015
NUMERO 77 - Noviembre 2014

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


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




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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