On Tuesday 14 September, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will launch the Experiences in Social Innovation Award simultaneously in several of the region’s cities. In Santiago, ECLAC executive secretary, José Luis Machinea, will hold a press conference at the Commission’s Santiago headquarters, at 11:00 a.m., local time.
In Buenos Aires, Oscar Centrángolo, Public Policies expert at ECLAC’s local office, will make the presentation (12:00 noon), while Juan Carlos Ramírez, director of the Commission’s local office will do the same in Bogotá (10:00 a.m.). In Brazil, Renato Baumann, director of ECLAC’s office in Brasilia, and Francisco Tancredi, Kellogg Foundation director for Latin America and the Caribbean, will do likewise in São Paulo, at 11:00 a.m., local time.
The award forms part of a project being implemented by ECLAC, with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Its main objective is to identify and analyze innovative social initiatives that can be extended to other countries in the region.
The contest is open to projects carried out by municipal or local governments, community and religious associations, national and international non-governmental organizations, and other private, non-profit institutions. The six categories are: Community Health, Primary Education, Youth Programmes, Rural, Food Safety and Nutrition Programmes, Income Generation, and Corporate Social Responsibility and Volunteering.
ECLAC, one of the United Nations’ five regional commissions, was set up to contribute to Latin America’s social and economic development. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which currently supports more than 2700 projects, was created in 1930 by the US entrepreneur and philanthropist of the same name.
This initiative is based on the conviction that local government and civil society, religious and community organizations, have developed innovative models for assisting social sectors.