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October 25, 2013

Contact: Gloria Mayne

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Key leaders convene in Washington to advance development in Central America


IDB and SIF bring together government officials, funders and regional experts
to discuss collaboration

 

Washington, D.C. – More than 150 donors and development experts gathered at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) headquarters on Friday to discuss successful models and opportunities for collaboration and co-investment in Central America.

The Central America Donors Forum, organized by the Seattle International Foundation (SIF) and the IDB, brings together key representatives from government, philanthropy, civil society and the private sector to align grantmaking and investment strategies in the region.

Top officials from AES Corporation, Open Society Foundations and U.S. Agency for International Development, The White House, U.S. Department of State, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and the World Bank were featured speakers at the event.

“We believe everyone in this room has an important role to play,” said Mauricio Vivero, Executive Director of the Seattle International Foundation.  “Our shared goal of a better future for Central America can be a powerful force, if we remain open to new ideas and building bridges across sectors.”

Despite high levels of violence and poverty, and its proximity and importance to the United States, the Central American region is often overlooked by U.S. philanthropy and does not receive the attention it deserves in Washington.

Among the main issues addressed in the forum agenda were women’s economic empowerment, public private partnerships, citizen security and investing in adolescent girls.

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The Seattle International Foundation (SIF) is working with corporations, foundations, governments and individuals to alleviate poverty in Central America. Since 2008, the Foundation has invested more than $8 million in organizations working for social change throughout the region. For more information visit www.seaif.org.

 

 

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