The Seattle International Foundation (SIF) partners for the second consecutive year with the Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development (CLACDS) of INCAE Business School to foster spaces that address ethics and transparency in the Central American region.

SIF and CLACDS/INCAE will hold the Summit on Corruption and Economic Development on October 23, 2019 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, to open the 2019 Central America Donors Forum (CADF). Throughout the day, sessions will illuminate the causes and consequences of corruption in regards to economic development and social progress and demonstrate best practices in the public sphere and private sector that have made a profound impact in the fight against corruption in the region.

CLACDS/INCAE will replicate this summit in San Salvador at the end of the year and will publish a series of recommendations and priorities for Honduras and El Salvador based on the input from both meetings. This will allow decision makers to focus their efforts and promote positive changes in the fight against corruption.

For the event in Honduras, the following representatives will participate: Enrique Bolaños, Rector of INCAE; Octavio Martínez, Director of CLACDS-INCAE; Luis Cuenca and Susan Clancy, Professors at INCAE; and Carmen Hilleprandt, President of CEJ Consulting and President of the Chamber of Commerce and Services of Nicaragua.

“We are very happy to join forces once again with SIF on an issue that so greatly impacts the development of the region, such as ethics and transparency. Opening CADF with this summit will allow us to ignite an important dialogue for the private and public sector, Honduran civil society and the international community,” said Michelle Johnson, Director of Strategic Alliances at INCAE.

Arturo Aguilar, Executive Director of SIF, thanked INCAE for its alliance in carrying out these multi-sectoral meetings that will not only promote dialogue and reflection, but will also put forth proposals to improve and expand the impact of best practices that are strengthening transparency and democracy in the region.

This is the second year that SIF has allied with CLACDS/INCAE. In 2018, SIF granted funds to develop five case studies that were used as teaching tools in INCAE programs, the results of which were presented at the CADF 2018.

The Central America Donors Forum is one of the key multi-sectoral spaces to promote learning, establish contacts and strengthen alliances in the region. Every year, CADF unites the international philanthropic community with hundreds of corporate, government, and civil society leaders in Central America to generate proposals on how to boost development and create opportunities for more just, peaceful, equitable and prosperous societies.

For more information on the Summit on Corruption and Economic Development taking place in Honduras and El Salvador, please write to Mauren Esquivel at