One of the main international gatherings of the philanthropic field, the Global Philanthropy Forum Conference 2019, echoed the concern of philanthropists and nonprofit organizations about the populist wave going around the world, thus naming this year’s conference “Restoring Democracy.” The Humanitas360 Institute was invited to present its work at the event, which took place from April 1-3 in Redwood, California.
“Elections in democracies that are so far away such as Hungary, Poland, the Philippines, Mexico and Brazil suggest a tendency to nationalist populism – result of non-liberal democracies. This result reflects the reaction of citizens to the pressures caused by globalization and the apparent incapacity of political leaders of facing untreatable problems such as inequality, mass migration, climate change and racial relations,” said the founder of the Global Philanthropy Forum, Jane Wales.
According to the event’s program, the panel entitled “New Localism” highlighted initiatives that aimed to deepen civic engagement and empowerment, which is the case of the Humanitas360 Institute. The presentation by H360’s Vice-president of Operations, Ricardo Anderáos, showcased how the three main projects of the organization – the “Americas’ Citizen Participation Index,” the “Mapping of Criminal Networks of the Operation Car Wash” and “Entrepreneurship Behind and Beyond Bars” – work together to promote citizenship, social peace and transparency.
In addition to Anderáos’ participation, the panel “New Localism” also included Diego Ontaneda Benavides (Latin American Leadership Academy), Omezzine Khelifa (Mobdiun Creative Youth in Tunisia), Rocio Barrionuevo Quispe (Peruvian student of the Latin American Leadership Academy), Misan Rewane (WAVE in Nigeria), and Breno Teixeira (Brazilian student of the Latin American Leadership Academy).