Centro Latinoamerica para la Competividad y el Desarrollo Sostenible
Its mission is to promote the sustainable development of the region through research, dialogue, strategies design, and transferring of best practices. CLACDS is partner of international organizations, multilateral banks, cooperation agencies, national governments, civil society and the private sector. CLACDS recent impact is demonstrated in regional economic integration, the incorporation of environmental and social attributes in business, and evidence-based decision-making.
CLACDS provides research, change management and human capital development services to support its partners (individuals and organizations) in advancing shared goals. The principle of sustainable development guides all of CLACDS work - only development strategies that improve economic, social and environmental ends will be viable for Latin America in the medium and long term.
CLACDS is INCAE Business School’s (*) principle research organization, and serves as an action-based think tank for the Region’s governments, integration organizations, private sector and civil society. CLACDS also provides analytical and programmatic support to bilateral and multilateral development organizations working in the Region. CLACDS was founded in 1996 with support from the Central American Bank for Economic Integration, the AVINA Foundation and INCAE Business School. Since its founding, it has been recognized as a Regional leader in applied research in business policy and strategy.
(*) INCAE is a private, non-profit, multinational, higher education organization devoted to teaching and research endeavors in the fields of business and economics. It is devoted to managerial training, from a global perspective, of individuals capable of successfully holding top management positions in Latin America. With more than 45 years of experience in Latin America, INCAE Business School has graduated 54 full-time MBA programs and 37 Executive MBA programs. INCAE was founded in 1964 as a joint initiative between the governments and the business communities of the Central American region. Since its founding, INCAE has had the academic advisory of Harvard Business School.
Among the many partners with whom CLACDS has, or is working:
- Governments: Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, including the tourism ministries/boards of all the above countries.
- Central American Integration Organizations: SICA, SITCA, CCT, CIEPAC
- Multilateral Development Organizations: World Bank, IFC, Interamerican Development Bank, Central American Bank for Economic Integration, UNEP (more than 10 years collaboration with UNEP-FI), UNDP, ILO, UNFCC.
- Bilateral Organizations: InWEnt (Germany), GTZ (Germany), FMO (Netherlands), SNV (Netherlands), USAID (U.S.)
- Foundations: AVINA, ViVA Trust, Ford Foundation, Tinker Foundation, Blue Moon Foundation, Interamerican Foundation, Microfinance Management Institute (Soros Foundation)
In addition, CLACDS has worked with dozens of the Region’s business associations, including the various chambers of commerce, chambers of industry and all the Region’s Corporate Social Responsibility organizations.
CLACDS current programmatic priorities are:
- Strengthening business climate to foster “sustainable competitiveness”
- Economic Inclusion
- Rural-Urban Transition Strategies
- Transformative Business (tourism, microfinance, dynamic start-ups)
- Water Resources
CLACDS has “spun off” two internationally recognized programs with very interesting and specific missions. Both coordinate closely with CLACDS and provide interesting complements to CLACDS. The skill and experience base of both organizations could be useful in potential UNEP-CLACDS/INCAE collaboration. These initiatives are:
- Ecobanking (www.ecobanking.com) is a program created to improve the Latin American financial sector’s competitiveness through better environmental management, environmental and social risk reduction, and by designing innovative financial products. The program is now engaged in training globally, in partnership with InWEnt and UNEP-FI.
- The Sustainable Markets Intelligence Center (CIMS, at www.cims-la.com) was formed in 2003 to support Latin American business in the identification of opportunities in markets for “sustainable products.” CIMS has focused primarily on agricultural products. However, in 2008, the organization began work in tourism.