For two days, the Cerrito Agricultural Hotel/School that Fundación Paraguaya has in Benjamín Aceval, was the venue for the international “Cerrito 2018” meeting, which was supported by the Social Innovation initiative CAF (Development Bank of Latin America) and IDRC Canada. The event -which has been organized for the second year in a row,- was attended by business leaders, representatives of the public sector, civil society, companies, social entrepreneurs and international leaders, in a meeting that sought to consolidate itself as a space for the creation of innovations and strategies for the elimination of multidimensional poverty in Paraguay and the region.
“All of us the attendees are working in very similar communities in a situation of vulnerability, not only in Paraguay, but also the United Kingdom and the United States, among other countries,” said Martin Burt, Director of the Fundación Paraguaya, at the beginning of the Cerrito 2018 meeting. He also said that poverty should not be measured solely from the monetary stand point, and that the change to get out of it is to create a path that brings together all sectors, with participation and motivation.
“One of the ways out of poverty is by activating people who are in a vulnerable situation to take charge of their own destiny,” said Michael Walton from Harvard University. Another highly positive message was the one given by Carolina Robino, from IDRC. The Uruguayan expert said: “It is fundamental to share what we are learning, but let’s not just talk about successes, let’s also talk about failures so as not to repeat what does not work.”
Among other aspects, Cerrito 2018 sought to consolidate the Fundación Paraguaya as a benchmark at the international level in the fight against poverty and social innovation, as well as raising awareness of the Poverty Stoplight methodology as a practical and useful tool to fight multidimensional poverty.
Among the speakers, in addition to the ones mentioned above, we can mention: Ana Botero, from the CAF; Diego Zavaleta, from the OPHI; Isabel Guerreo, from IMAGO; Oscar Calvo, from the World Bank; Luis Fernando Sanabria, from Fundación Paraguaya; Silvia Taurozzi, from Fundación Irradia; Brett Sanders, from the UCI (University of California – Irvine); Soledad Núñez, Minister of SENAVITAT; Chritopher Rebstock, from the Global FoodBanking Network, and Gustavo Koo, from Las Tacuaras S.A., among others.