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2014 Central America Donors Forum

The 2014 Central America Donors Forum,  hosted by Ford Foundation in collaboration with the Seattle International Foundation, was held in Mexico City December 2-3rd, 2014. The forum is a unique, annual meeting that brings together leaders from government, media, the private sector, and philanthropy to discuss economic development and poverty issues in Central America. The Forum provides an opportunity to discuss successful development and CSR models, meet key leaders working in the region, and explore co-investment for social impact in Central America. Click here to learn more.

Participants and Agenda

To view the 2014 CADF participant list and agenda, click here.


The following research was released at the 2014 Central America Donors Forum:

U.S. Foundation Funding: Latin & Central America, 2010 to 2012. Foundation Center and Seattle International Foundation

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Forum Agenda

December 2nd, 2014- Pre-Forum Activities


15:00 – 17:00 –Briefing on the Plan of the Alliance for Prosperity in the Northern Triangle

On November 14th, 2014 U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, the President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Luis Alberto Moreno, and the Presidents of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador met to discuss shared strategies to respond to the underlying causes of migration from Central America.  The Seattle International Foundation, WOLA, and FUNDE will host a pre-conference, private briefing on the emerging Central America strategies and their implications for U.S.-Central America relations, with experts from the U.S. and Central America. Panelists will discuss the main elements of the strategy, the policy context in which the strategies have emerged, and the key principles that ought to guide the process, as well as the role of the United States and other donors.  There will be an opportunity for comments and questions following the presentations. The University Club of Mexico, Paseo de la Reforma 150, 06600 Ciudad de México


December 3rd, 2014- Forum Agenda

Museo Memoria y Tolerancia, Av. Plaza Juarez S/N, Cuauhtémoc, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México

8:00 - 9:00 – Registration & Networking

9:00 - 9:15 – Welcome by Mario Bronfman, Representative for Mexico & Central America, Ford Foundation and Juan Manuel Valle Pereña, Executive Director, AMEXCID

9:15 - 10:20 - What Does the Alliance for the Prosperity of the Northern Triangle Mean for Central America?  Leaders from business, philanthropy and government will discuss the new initiative announced by the governments of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Panelists will discuss the new regional plan and ways to engage with other sectors. Speakers: Jaime Miranda, Vice Minister of Development Cooperation and Economic Relations for El Salvador; Jose Mariano Castillo, Honduran Ambassador to Mexico; Martha Herrera, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, CEMEX; Carlos Calleja, Vice President, Grupo Calleja; Mauricio Vivero, CEO, Seattle International Foundation (moderator). 

10:20 - 11:25 - How can philanthropy and civil society lead in the shaping the future of Central America? Panelists will provide insights into priority issues for the region and discuss how philanthropy and civil society can be a catalyst for positive social change. Panelists:  Sally O’Neill, Regional Manager for Latin America, Trocaire; Laura Speer, Associate Director, Policy Reform & Advocacy, The Annie E. Casey Foundation; Mauricio Vivero, CEO, Seattle International Foundation; Diana Campoamor, President, Hispanics in Philanthropy (moderator). 

11:25 - 11:30 – Special Grant Announcement by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

11:30 - 12:00 – Networking Break

12:00 - 13:30 – Inclusive Business Models: Leaders from philanthropy, business, and civil society will discuss building businesses that include low-income communities as producers and/or consumers and, in turn, contribute to expanding livelihood opportunities of low-income households. Panelists: Carlos Calleja, VP, Grupo Calleja; Roxana Viquez Salazar, Regional Director CSR, Red Financiera BAC | Credomatic; Maria Luisa Luque, Director, Full Economic Citizenship, Ashoka Mexico & Central America; Daniel Gonzales, Program Director, Fundación AVINA; Ivana Fertziger, Program Officer, Ford Foundation (moderator).


13:30 - 14:45 – Networking Lunch

14:45 – 15:15 – Investing in Youth: Remarks by Carlos Argüello, Oscar-nominated mastermind behind the visual effects of "The Chronicles of Narnia," "Batman and Robin," and "The Devil’s Advocate," and Founding President of Fundación CA. Carlos will speak about using digital technology to support job and leadership development for youth in Central America.

15:15 - 16:20 – Seizing the Window of Opportunity on Citizen Security: Political and security force leaders, along with international donors and stakeholders, discuss how to find and take advantage of small political openings to improve citizen security in Honduras. Panelists: Miguel Reabold, OTI Country Representative, USAID Honduras; Omar Rivera, Coordinator, Alianza por la Paz y la Justicia (APJ) / Political Incidence Coordinator, La Asociación para una Sociedad mas Justa (ASJ); Steven Dudley, co-director and co-founder, head of research for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, Insight Crime (moderator).

16:20 - 17:30 – Putting Girls, Women and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights at the Center of Central America's Development. Panelists: Ana Luisa Liguori, Senior Program Officer, Mexico and Central America, Ford Foundation; Kristi Miller, Program Officer, WestWind Foundation; Claudia Samcam, Development and Communication Coordinator, Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres; Kathy Hall, Senior Program Officer, Summit Foundation (moderator). 


17:30 - 17:40 – Special Grant Announcement by the Seattle International Foundation.

17:40 - 18:00 – Closing Remarks

18:00 - 20:00 – Networking Reception

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