INESAD Beer and Book Club, August 2015

This month’s Beer & Book Club meeting at INESAD experienced a significant upgrade, as Susana invited us all to her place for Spanish food and Spanish beer.

Beer & Book Club dinner at Susana's house, La Paz, August 2015.

Beer & Book Club dinner at Susana’s house, La Paz, August 2015.

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Los Buhos Locos in Moon Valley, August 2015

During INESAD’s Anniversary Party last month, one of the teams, los Buhos Locos, won a trip to the Moon Valley as well as a trip on the Teleferico. Here is the team reporting back from this weekend’s events.

Johnny, Lykke, Ditte, Montserrat, Agnes and Natalia in Moon Valley, August 2015.

Johnny, Lykke, Ditte, Montserrat, Agnes and Natalia in Moon Valley, August 2015.

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Celebrating the launch of EMINPRO, July 2015

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:

Beatriz together with the panelists: Ex-viceminister Rodolfo Erostegui; current Viceminister Benito Rodríguez; Ricardo Nogales from UPB; and Anders Stuhr from the Royal Danish Embassy in La Paz.

Beatriz together with the panelists: Ex-viceminister Rodolfo Erostegui; current Viceminister Benito Rodríguez; Ricardo Nogales from UPB; and Anders Stuhr from the Royal Danish Embassy in La Paz.

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INESAD Anniversary Party, July 2015

This week we celebrated INESAD’s 9 year anniversary with lots of games and fun. Here is the official group photo:

INESAD Anniversary Party participants, July 2015

INESAD Anniversary Party participants, July 2015

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INESAD Beer & Book Club, July 2015

Book lovers from INESAD meet once a month to present and exchange some of their favorite books. Here are the participants at the July 2015 meeting.

Participants at the July 2015 Beer & Book Club meeting at INESAD.

Participants at the July 2015 Beer & Book Club meeting at INESAD.

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INESAD Barbecue Party, June 2015

For no particular reason, except the desire to have some fun together, we organized a Saturday afternoon with barbecue and games in Mallasa on the 20th of June 2015.

Enjoying a delicious barbecue lunch jointly prepared by the whole team, Mallasa, June 2015.

Enjoying a delicious barbecue lunch jointly prepared by the whole team, Mallasa, June 2015.

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Dinner with INESAD’s main donors, May 2015

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.

NESAD dinner with donors, La Paz,May 2015

INESAD dinner with donors, La Paz,May 2015

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2015 Dream Team Dart Tournament

The 11th Dream Team Dart Tournament at INESAD was held on the 17th of April 2015. First place went to Ximena and Johnny; second place to Fernanda and Stefano; and third place to Susana and Jairo.

Participants at the 2015 Dream Team Dart Tournament at INESAD

Participants at the 2015 Dream Team Dart Tournament at INESAD

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FOSC-Mortem workshop (Bosque Casa Grande)

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.

Using Lego's to discuss and visualize what we would like to achieve as a group.

One sub-group using Legos to discuss and visualize what we would like to achieve as a group.

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INESAD Christmas Party 2014

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.

INESAD Christmas Party 2014

INESAD Christmas Party 2014

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