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DevTalks: How to design a new social contract in Latin America? From theory to action



 Thursday, 18th of March 2021, 18:00 – 19:30 (CET) - Click to register

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Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre and Special Advisor to the Secretary General on Development and José Juan Ruiz, President of the Elcano Royal Institute, are pleased to invite you to a discussion on

How to design a new social contract in Latin America?
From theory to action


Paz Milet, Institute of International Studies, University of Chile
Gonzalo Restrepo López, Businessman and Former Peace Negotiator in Colombia
Simón Pachano, Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Ecuador

Moderated by Ambassador Alejandra De Bellis, Permanent Delegate of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay to UNESCO and to the OECD, with introductory remarks by Carlos Malamud, Senior Analyst, Elcano Royal Institute and by Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre, and concluding remarks by José Juan Ruiz, Chairman, Elcano Royal Institute.

The discussion will take place in Spanish, with English interpretation.

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When COVID-19 hit, Latin American and the Caribbean was already in a fragile state. Social vulnerability had increased throughout the continent, productivity was low, and institutional instability had reached an all-time high due to growing social discontent and polarisation. Now the pandemic has exacerbated all of these issues, widening inequalities and pushing millions into poverty. In this context, the need to question and transform the region’s development model seems unavoidable.

But to do so, there needs to be a broad consensus on what progress and well-being mean, and how to get there. This Dev Talk aims to take a close look at the practicalities of designing a new social contract through a series of questions. How can the region set a process of dialogue in motion to reach an inclusive, stable and long-lasting consensus? What experiences have historically been successful in facilitating the negotiation of social contracts and how to ensure civil society, the private sector and other actors are involved? How can today’s crisis be leveraged as an opportunity for change and can the new electoral cycle in Latin America set this transformation in motion?



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