The city of Tegucigalpa will host the 2019 Central America Donors Forum, which will unite the international philanthropic community with over 400 corporate, government, and civil society leaders of Central America over the course of three days.
The Forum will take place from October 23 to 25, 2019 at the Clarion Hotel Real Tegucigalpa. The central theme will be Progress at the Crossroads and the tracks include the democratic agenda in Central America, mitigating migration and emerging youth, feminist, student and environmental movements.
The Seattle International Foundation (SIF) has held the Central America Donors Forum (CADF) for nine years and it has since become one of the key multi-sectoral spaces to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing Central America and to generate alliances.
Today SIF announced that CADF will, for the first time, be held in Honduras in collaboration with strategic partners and sponsors—the Honduran Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility (FUNDAHRSE) and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Cortés (CCIC) with the support of the Ford Foundation and Millicom/Tigo.
CADF 2019 will kick off on Wednesday, October 23 with the Summit on Corruption and Economic Development and over three days it will have over 40 conferences, panels, workshops and guided tours led by over 120 leading experts and speakers from an array of backgrounds.
The Forum’s Host Committee is made up of Norma Torres, US Congressman; Ricardo Maduro, former President of Honduras; Mauricio Ramos, CEO of Millicom/Tigo; Fatima Mena, Governor of San Pedro Sula; Aline Flores, President of the Flores Group and Member of the FUNDAHRSE Board: Helena Hofbauer, Regional Director for Mexico and Central America of the Ford Foundation; Nicky McIntyre, CEO of the Foundation for a Just Society; Caroline Kronley, President of the Tinker Foundation; Ana Marie Argilagos, President of Hispanics in Philanthropy; and Bill Clapp, Founder and Board President of SIF.
Arturo Aguilar, Executive Director of SIF, thanked Honduras for receiving and supporting CADF, “For us it is a great honor to be able to discuss the great challenges of Central America in Honduras. We hope to generate an open space of deep reflection that will lead us to realistic proposals that contribute to a more inclusive development process and to the formation of a stronger and deeper democracy in the region.”
Roberto Álvarez, a member of the board of directors at FUNDAHRSE, said, “We firmly believe that the best results are obtained from strategic alliances that stimulate growth, the exchange of perspectives and the promotion of increasingly inclusive innovation and development. We share principles, values, vision and goals to create policies that help achieve sustainable development for the region and encourage the commitment of institutions to participate in the process.”
Ximena Andión Ibáñez, Program Officer for the Ford Foundation’s Mexico and Central America office, added that “the region is at an important turning point where there are opportunities to move forward, but also huge risks of setbacks in democratic terms of combatting the serious problems of inequality, corruption and impunity. The Forum is an unparalleled opportunity for multi-sectoral reflection and to find points of contact for collective action.”
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