An inclusive civic space to overcome authoritarism in Latin America

10 December 2021  12:00 - 01:00

Virtual Event | Organised by Paideia Civica/Somos Ciudadania | Held in México in Spanish
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Defending against authoritarianism
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The Latin American region has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. The containment and isolation measures to avoid contagion and the threats of new variants have caused mobilizations and public protests to be affected. Even so, protests and new ways of organizing have grown to demand responses from the authorities before sensitive demands such as social injustice, poverty, and accountability. The session addressed the progress and challenges in the matter in the Latin American region and showed examples of how an open and inclusive civic space has been able to counteract the dangers of authoritarianism.


  • Rogelio CantoralRogelio is currently working as a consultant in the Executive Office of the Secretariat for Strengthening Democracy of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington D.C. Prior to this, in 2015, he worked with the OAS Department for Effective Public Management in the area of Open Government. From 2017 to 2019 Rogelio was elected International Director of the Mexican Network of Public Servants (Red Mexicana de Servidores Públicos) and in 2014 he served as Vice-President of the Mexican College of International Business and Foreign Trade. Rogelio has a Bachelor´s Degree in International Business Administration and a Bachelor´s Degree in Law, both obtained at the Universidad Veracruzana in Veracruz, México and he holds a Masters degree in Political Action at the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria in Madrid, Spain. He has also completed complementary training in Public Policy with Harvard University, in Public Service with the Botín Foundation of Spain and in Leadership with Brown University. 
  • Carlos Carrasco. Master in Digital Transformation and Industry 4.0 from the Isabel I University of Spain. Diploma in Governance, Political Management and Public Management from The George Washington University and CAF – Development Bank of Latin America. ECLAC Specialization Course on “Digital Government in the Era of Open Government”. Graduated in History Studies and Graduated in Social Communication from the Andrés Católica University in Caracas, Venezuela. He currently works as a research assistant in governance at the Regional Center of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
  • Isabel Fiafilio Economist with specialization in public management and investment projects and complementary studies in sustainable cities at CELFI Data from the University of Buenos Aires, Open Government by the United Nations ECLAC, the Program for Innovation and Leadership in Government of Georgetown University, Innovative Governance in the Digital Age from New York University’s Govlab and Encryption Course from the Internet Society Fundamental Program. She has participated as a local researcher in Peru for the preparation of the Open Data Barometer in Latin America 2020. She currently works as a specialist in the Ministry of Education of Peru and participates as a fellow in the Leading Education programs for young leaders of the region in the field of education and Financial Inclusion Policies of the CAF.
  • Veronica Portugal is the CEO and founder of Paideia Civica a nonprofit that the mission to create capacities in
    civil society to address corruption through innovative programs that can bring engagement and changes
    in policy. She holds a degree in Political Science and a degree in Economics from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México(ITAM). In 2017, she was fellow of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative launched by the US Department of State. Veronica was delegate in the Organization of the American States Summit in Lima and speaker in the topic of anticorruption in the civil society summit of G20 in Buenos Aires, Argentina representing her organization. She also was fellow of the Asian Forum of Global Governance in India and speaker in the Women Economic Forum LATAM in Colombia and a TEDx Speaker. Previously, she worked for the Mexican Government in the Ministry of Social Development and the Mexican Institute of Social Security.