On the 30th of July, INESAD held it’s 7th Economic Symposium in La Paz. This time the topic was Decent Work for Bolivia, and the event marked the launch of EMINPRO, a network of institutions and individuals working on the topics of employment, income and production in Bolivia. Beatriz Muriel from INESAD is the coordinator of the network, and here she is together with the panelists who participated in the symposium:
Taking advantage of the 5th annual visit of Antonio Romero, our main counterpart from the Canadian Think Tank Initiative, INESAD organized a joint dinner for our main donors on the 28th of May 2015 in La Paz.
Antonio Romero has personally observed INESAD evolve from a tiny, informal group of friends in 2010 into the highest ranked think tank in Bolivia in 2015. In contrast, this is the first time that Ole Thonke, Ambassador of the Royal Danish Embassy in Bolivia, got to meet the whole team at INESAD.
The Danish Cooperation in Bolivia has a Fund for Civil Society (FOSC) in the area of integral and sustainable management of forests. This fund had invited groups of civil society organizations to submit proposals for concrete projects in three Bolivian priority areas by the 31st of December 2014. INESAD joined a consortium led by Conservation International – Bolivia, and we worked through the Christmas vacation and submitted a proposal for the Northern La Paz priority region. To our great frustration, however, our proposal was not selected, which is why we informally call our group “FOSC-Mortem.”
However, all involved institutions are still very much interested in contributing to the sustainable development of the region around Rurrenabaque, which we all adore tremendously. Most of the institutions in our group have decades of experience in the region, but we know that it is not easy to contribute to the sustainable development of a region from the outside. With our humble experiences, and with two bags of Lego Duplo, we set out to explore what we could possibly contribute in this area.
INESAD’s Christmas Party this year was held on December 16 immediately after the Assembly of the Founders of Fundación INESAD, during which it was decided that, from the 1st of January 2015, Carlos Gustavo Machicado will be the new Executive Director of INESAD, Osvaldo Nina will be the General Manager and Oscar Molina will return as member of the Board of Directors.
With these important management decisions out of the way, the traditional Christmas Games could begin with all the staff of INESAD.
To celebrate INESAD’s 8th anniversary, and several other small and large recent achievements, we organized a “Mini World Cup” at INESAD on the 15th of July 2014.
The main reason for celebration was the confirmation of the 2nd phase of the Think Tank Initiative, which will provide INESAD with core funding until March 2019. In addition, we just signed a Framework Agreement with the Royal Danish Embassy in La Paz, which will provide funding for two of INESAD’s priority research areas: Environment and Labor Markets, for the next three years.