CEO of Fundación Paraguaya with multiple online activities
Martín Burt, Fundación Paraguaya’s CEO held a series of videoconferences during the quarantine, in order to remain connected with different audiences, talking about various topics, including the State Reform bill, in which the Fundación Paraguaya is participating in the elaboration of the topics related to poverty, the crisis caused by COVID-19 in the country and the world, and about his book, Who owns poverty?, which was launched last year.
“In order to build the idea of poverty in Paraguay, we asked thousands of families across the country what poverty or non-poverty meant for them in various aspects of their lives. This is how we created the Poverty Stoplight,” said the founder of the Fundación Paraguaya in his talk with students from the Universidad Autónoma de Encarnación, with whom he discussed issues related to the programs of the Fundación Paraguaya. “We have proven that with our educational proposal through the “Escuelas” program, young people in the most vulnerable rural areas of the country can overcome poverty,” he said at one point during that same talk.
Another talk that took place online (via Facebook Live) was organized by the “Book Library,” in commemoration of the World Book Day and aimed at the open public, with the theme, Who owns poverty ?, a work that proposed a new look regarding the elimination of poverty in the world. He commented on the history of the Fundación Paraguaya and the work with various sectors of the population that led him to write the book, which is the story of over 30 years implementing poverty elimination programs.
At last, PhD Burt had a conversation via Instagram, also for the open public, to talk about the Paraguayan Poverty Elimination Act, which is being promoted by the Fundación Paraguaya and which was presented a few months ago in the National Congress.
The proposal is to create a single geo-referenced registry of the 1,500,000 Paraguayan households and train 8,000 existing public officials to be family extension agents and that this will serve as a platform and single window for public services. “By doing this, we will know the needs of each household and there will be greater efficiency in the use of state resources,” said the CEO the Fundación Paraguaya.