Cerrito Forum 2019, the biggest Social Innovation Event brings together 200 experts from around the world
“Empowerment with technology allows the family to have information to help them get out of poverty,” Martín Burt, Executive Director of Fundación Paraguaya, said in the “Changing Development Thinking, Changing Developing Practice” panel, in the beginning of the Cerrito Forum 2019, at the Cerrito Agricultural School, in Benjamín Aceval. For the third consecutive year, Fundación Paraguaya is holding this meeting that brings together 200 national and international experts who will discuss various topics related to innovation and development, including Harvard professors and other prestigious universities, as well as companies and organizations.
“The first and foremost is to give voice, recognition and visibility to the poor. Poverty is a manifestation of violence at the consent of society,” said one of the international visitors, Smita Bhatnagar, Senior Coordinator of the Self-Employed Women ‘s Association, of India. Like her, international experts comment on their experiences, realities and how, with initiatives and strategic alliances, they seek to alleviate and eradicate poverty in their countries and communities.
“The release of poverty has to do with the return of dignity to families in vulnerable situations,” said Michael Walton, Professor at Harvard Kennedy School, who participates for the third year bringing his experiences in the field of education. “Cerrito Forum” seeks to position Paraguay as a benchmark of innovation for the elimination of poverty in the world, where these specialists will share, through practical and innovative proposals, the construction of a more dignified world for all.
This meeting has the support of the Social Innovation Initiative CAF (Development Bank of Latin America), the Peery Foundation and the IRDC Canada. The proposal differs from any other type of international conference; the days are closely linked to work groups, clear proposals and inspirational conversations, where the main driving force is to look forward, connect entrepreneurs with academics, governments with researchers, all focused on eliminating poverty, in all its forms and in a definitive way . “Public policy is a very important way in which to scale poverty interventions,” said Uruguayan expert Carolina Robino from the Canada’s International Development Research Centre (CIRD).
Cerrito Forum 2019 seeks, not only to strengthen the entrepreneurial and innovative system of the country, but to build a reputation for interesting national innovation and also to host people from 5 continents who can leave knowledge installed in Paraguay.