INESAD Anniversary “Mundialito”, July 2014

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.

"Mundialito" at INESAD, July 2014

“Mundialito” at INESAD, 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.

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2014 Hike through the Palca Canyon

One of the best one-day hikes from La Paz is the one from the Valley of Spirits to Palca through the Palca Canyon. It has to be done on a sunny day, as you walk in the river bed and don’t want to be surprised by a flash flood from behind. The best time of the year to do this hike is just by the end of the rainy season when the fields are green and the meadows full of flowers. This year the rainy season was unusually long and unpredictable, so we didn’t get to go until the 4th of May, by which time most of the fields had been harvested and the flowers disappeared. Still, with the Illimani mountain in the background and the impressive red canyon walls, it is always a beautiful trip.

This year we put together a diverse INESAD-CARE-CAF-GoB-family group of adventurers, and here is the group at the start of the hike:

Group photo at the beginning of the hike to Palca, May 2014.

Group photo at the beginning of the hike to Palca, May 2014.

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2014 Dream Team Dart Tournament

The 10th Dream Team Dart Tournament at INESAD was held on the 25th of April 2014. First place went to Oscar and Osvaldo; second place to Cony and Guccio; and third place to Horacio and Jose Luis.

Participants of the 2014 Dream Team Dart Tournament at INESAD.

Participants of the 2014 Dream Team Dart Tournament at INESAD.

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INESAD Christmas Party 2013

This year’s Christmas Party was held on the 18th of December in INESAD’s party room. The traditional Christmas games started with a new Flip-the-Tarp game, which the bright people of INESAD solved rather quickly.

Flip-the-Tarp game at the INESAD Chirstmas Party 2013.

Flip-the-Tarp game at the INESAD Chirstmas Party 2013.

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Climate Change Knowledge Sharing Course in Ecuador – October 2013

INESAD received a small grant from IDRC to carry out a Knowledge Sharing course together with CEDA (Centro Ecuatoriano de Derecho Ambiental) in Quito, Ecuador in October 2013. The course was the last of 5 Climate Change Impact Evaluation courses held in Bolivia, Peru, Paraguay and Ecuador during the year 2013. Here is a group photo from the last day of the course, with the 3 trainers, Luis Carlos Jemio, Oscar Molina and Lykke Andersen, as well as participants from CEDA, Grupo Faro, the Ministry of Environment, UN-REDD and various universities:

Group photo from the Knowledge Sharing course on Climate Change Impact Evaluation, Quito, Ecuador, October 2013

Group photo from the Knowledge Sharing course on Climate Change Impact Evaluation, Quito, Ecuador, October 2013

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Climate Change Knowledge Sharing Course in Paraguay – September 2013

INESAD received a small grant from IDRC to carry out a Knowledge Sharing course at CADEP in AsunciĆ³n, Paraguay in September 2013. The course was a more in-depth version of the Climate Change Impact Evaluation course that we had already held in Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador earlier this year, and included both an on-line part, a traditional course, and research coaching. Here is most of the group and most of the INESAD trainers on the last day of the traditional course:

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Group photo from the Knowledge Sharing course on Climate Change Impacts organized by INESAD and CADEP with guest participants from the Government of Paraguay.

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SimPachamama Press Conference – August 2013

As preparation for the official launch of SimPachamama on the 1st of September 2013, INESAD organized a press conference at Restaurant Vienna in La Paz on the 16th of August 2013. The breakfast meeting was extremely well attended with 32 journalists from 20 different media institutions, including TV, newspapers, radio and magazines.

Dr. Lykke Andersen responding to questions from the press after her presentation.

Dr. Lykke Andersen responding to questions from the press after her presentation.

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INESAD celebrating Bolivia’s Independence Day with Huatia in Alto Ovejuyo

Osvaldo organized a traditional Bolivian huatia (underground barbecue) to celebrate Bolivia’s Independence Day on the 6th of August 2013. Here are some photos courtesy of Ioulia Fenton and Violeta Emilene.

Preparing huatia on Lykke and Osvaldo's land in Alto Ovejuyo

Preparing huatia on Lykke and Osvaldo’s land in Alto Ovejuyo

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INESAD’s anniversary costume party – July 2013

To celebrate INESAD’s 7th anniversary, we organized a costume party at the office on the 15th of July. Ioulia put together a video about the party as an anniversary present to INESAD. Watch it at our new youtube channel.

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INESAD as Zebras for a Day – June 2013

The Municipal Government of La Paz has a great initiative called “Cebras x 1 dia” where they invite institutions to join their efforts on urban education. After having been on the waiting list for almost a year, it was finally INESAD’s turn to participate. Here is the team preparing for the big day.

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The INESAD team preparing for the big day as Zebras.

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