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Central America Donors Forum

Central America Donors Forum

June 19, 2012
Microsoft Headquarters
Redmond, WA

This forum will bring together donors and development experts working in Central America to provide a unique opportunity for learning and deeper engagement on key issues facing the region. To view a short video about this event, click here.  

Please click here for a list of confirmed speakers and attendees.

For information on hotel, transportation, and logistics, please click here.


Forum Schedule

Tuesday, June 19, 2012  | Central America Donors Forum | Microsoft Campus (Redmond, WA)


7:45 am

Bus leaves from Four Points Sheraton Hotel for Microsoft campus


8:30 am – 9:30 am

Coffee and Networking


9:30 am – 9:45 am

Welcome Remarks

Mauricio Vivero, Executive Director, Seattle International Foundation; Leonardo Ortiz Villacorta Ramirez, Director of Public Affairs & Communications, Microsoft


9:45 am – 10:45 am

Opening Plenary on Guatemala

A Conversation with Fernando Carrera, Director of SEGEPLAN and Helen Mack, Founder of Fundación Myrna Mack. Moderator: Angelina Godoy, Director, University of Washington Center for Human Rights.

10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Seattle Philanthropy in the Region

A diverse group of funders from Seattle will share their strategies and grantmaking priorities.

Speakers: Sandra Fried, Program Officer, Global Libraries Initiative, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Jackie Liao, Community Investments and Global Responsibility, Starbucks; Rysia Suchecka, Partner, NBBJ; Gary Tabasinske, Chair, Latin America Pod, Pangea Giving; Joe Whinney, Founder, Theo Chocolate. Moderated by Mauricio Vivero, Executive Director, Seattle International Foundation.


12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

Lunch Keynote

A conversation with Robert Kaplan, President and CEO of the Inter-American Foundation.


1:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Preventing Violence Against Women in Central America:

Opportunities for Collaboration

Andrew Morrison, Chief of the Gender & Diversity Division, and Nathalie Alvarado, Specialist in Citizen Security of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will present the IDB’s new research regarding gender-based violence (GBV), the status of GBV in the region, as well as strategies and best practices to combat GBV. Jamille Bigio, Senior Policy Advisor, Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues (S/GWI) U.S. Department of State, will provide a brief summary of the National Action Plan around Women, Peace and Security, as well as coordination of USG activities in Central America.

This presentation will be followed by a discussion with other funders around collaboration and co-investment to prevent GBV and enhance services for victims of violence.

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

Access to Healthcare and Reproductive Rights

Kathy Hall, Senior Program Officer at Summit Foundation, Marianne Gustafsson, Regional Manager for Latin America, Diakonia and Glendy Car, Program Officer for Guatemala, Diakonia will discuss strategies for supporting access to reproductive rights and healthcare for women, and lead a discussion with other philanthropic leaders working on these issues.

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm

Networking Break

3:40 pm - 4:00 pm

Special Guest:  Brad Corrigan on Investing in At-Risk Youth in Nicaragua

Solo musician and member of the band Dispatch, Brad Corrigan will speak about his history and involvement with youth living and working in the La Chureca landfill site in Managua, Nicaragua. 


4:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Investing in Youth and Citizen Security

Government and civil society leaders will provide an update on citizen security and share strategies and approaches in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras.

Speakers: Adilio Carrillo, Regional Director, Central American Coalition for Youth Violence Prevention (CCPVJ); Julieta Castellanos, President of the National Autonomous University of Honduras; Roberto Rubio Fabian, Executive Director, FUNDE; and Victor Meza, Director, Centro de Documentación de Honduras. Moderated by Geoff Thale, Program Director, Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA).


5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Opportunities for Collaboration & Co-Investment in Central America

Business and government partners share regional strategies and discuss points of engagement for philanthropic partners and civil society.


Speakers: Enrique Roig, Coordinator, Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) of USAID; Rodrigo Serrano-Berthet, Senior Social Development Specialist, World Bank; and Arturo Condo, President, INCAE Business School.


6:00 pm – 6:30 pm


Closing Remarks

His Excellency Francisco Altschul, Salvadoran Ambassador to the United States; His Excellency Jorge Ramón Hernández Alcerro, Honduran Ambassador to the United States


World Affairs Council 60th Anniversary Celebration


6:30 pm – 8:30 pm


This public event will bring together attendees of the donors forum with representatives from Seattle's philanthropic, business, and NGO community supporting projects in Central America.


Keynote Address by Mark Lopes, USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean Bureau

Note: This Forum follows a strict "no fund-raising and no solicitation of business" policy.

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