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Social Entrepreneurship 360º - Third Edition
The Innovation Co-creation Lab, the Latin America and Caribbean Centre and LSE Generate were delighted to jointly host its final of 3 events entitled ‘Social Entrepreneurship 360’, sponsored by Santander. Each event addressed one of the defining movements of our time, the rise of social entrepreneurship and the practicalities of initiating, growing, building and scaling social enterprises in Latin America and other emerging markets.

The final event took place on June 7th 2018 at LSE. The morning session was made up of four presentations by social entrepreneurs at different stages of development, including José Tomás Lobo - City Director in Santiago de Chile for Laboratoria a social startup that empowers young women from low-income backgrounds by giving them access to education and work in the digital sector.

The social entrepreneurs engaged with students and academics; explaining their journey, business models, ‘golden nuggets’ for success and discussed failures and lessons learnt. The afternoon sessions consisted of interactive boot camps and workshops including, one entitled How to ensure stakeholders’ voice in the B Corps model? That analysed four cases of Brazilian B Corps and how their corporate governance balances social and financial goals, run by Malu Villela Garcia.

Podcasts for this event are now availabe here.

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We are delighted to announce that Professor Vidal Romero, Visiting Fellow at the Latin America and Caribbean Centre, and Chair of the Department of Political Science and Co-Director of the Centre on Security, Intelligence, and Governance at the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM) has been awarded a British Academy fellowship, commencing from August 2018.

The fellowship will support research entitled "social and security impacts of investment projects in the energy sector" that explores the relationship between energy projects, improvements to community well-being and reductions in crime. The research will be developed with the Latin America and Caribbean Centre.

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LSE - Stanford - Universidad de los Andes 2nd Annual Conference on Long-Run Development in Latin America and Beyond

The Latin America and Caribbean Centre (LACC) hosted the second annual LSE-Stanford-Universidad de los Andes Conference on Long-Run Development on 16-17 May 2018, with support from the LSE Annual Fund and STICERD. 

Following a very successful inaugural conference in Stanford in 2017, this multi-disciplinary event probed the institutional, political, and economic drivers of long-run development.  The majority of papers focused on Latin America, but with important comparative research from Africa and Asia. In our view, political economy research on Latin America is on the verge of a major breakthrough, based on deep collaborations between historians, political scientists, economists, biologists and archaeologists.  The research presented featured new empirical approaches, exploiting novel datasets, subnational variation, and blended methodologies in ways that shed light on some of the most complex economic and social issues of our time.

A third conference is planned for May 2019 at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá.

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Innovations in Global Financial Governance & the Role of Emerging Economies

Tuesday 20th March, Banco Hipotecario, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The London School of Economics and Political Science's Institute of Global Affairs, its constituent Latin America and Caribbean Centre, and the Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee co-hosted a conference on "Innovations in Global Financial Governance & the Role of Emerging Economies". Hosted by Banco Hipotecario.

Keynote speech: Federico Sturzenegger, Governor, Central Bank of Argentina

Speakers included: Marcello Estevão, Manuel Ramos-Francia, Luiz Pereira, Guillermo Ortiz, Daniel Funes de Rioja, Paul Samson, Isabelle Mateos y Lagos, Mario I. Blejer, Alexandre Tombini, Erik Berglöf, Gareth Jones, Reza Moghadam.

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Europe-Latin America network on Violonce, Security and Peace

Building on their joint participation in the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) annual meeting later this year, the Latin America and Caribbean Centre has joined forces with the Institute of Latin American Studies of the German Institute of Global Affairs and the Graduate Institute Geneva to build a collaborative partnership among European centres for research on Violence, Security and Peace (VSP Europe-Latin America Network). The collaboration will generate research-based knowledge and understanding of the crisis of Violence and Security in Latin America and an informed policy debate on Latin America’s Pathways to Peace which could offer learning to other violence-torn, war and post-war contexts.

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Social Entrepreneuship 360º LSE-Santander workshop series

The Innovation Co-creation Lab, the Latin America and Caribbean Centre and LSE Generate hosted Social Entrepreneurship 360° on November 23rd. The series, sponsored by Santander, launched with a reception opened by Professor Julia Black, LSE's Pro-Director of Research. The first workshop of the series brought together five successful social entrepreneurs at different stages of development who explained their journey, their business models, their failures and lessons learned, and shared their ‘golden nuggets’ for success. 

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LSE Colombian Alumni Association IV Annual Meeting in Bogotá

The LSE Alumni Association of Colombia held its fourth annual meeting at the British Ambassadorial Residence in Bogotá. During the event, which included a video of LSE Director Dame Minouche Shafik thanking LSE Alumni in Colombia and H.E Dr Peter Tibber,  awards were presented to various LSE Alumni in recognition of their excellent service. A special award honored Mr Luis Carlos Sarmiento for his longstanding support to Colfuturo and the scholarships that have benefited nearly 2,500 Colombian students.

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‘Experiencias internacionales de crecimiento y desarrollo: Retos y Opportunidades para Cuba en el Nuevo Escenario Internacional’
6-7 July 2017, Universidad de la Habana Cuba

The Global South Unit and the Latin America and Caribbean Centre in collaboration with the University of Havana organised an academic workshop on Cuba’s re-positioning in the international arena. The workshop took place on 6-7 July 2017 at the University of La Havana, Cuba, and was the first of a series of events with a follow-up in London next year.

The first workshop looked into how changes to Cuba’s international position will impact the country in the future, by examining the developments that are taking place domestically – the death of Fidel Castro, economic restructuring process - and internationally - rapprochement with the West, but not the US, greater ‘opening’ to market economics. Academics and observers have long disagreed on their view of Cuba’s international position, with some considering it ‘US-centric’ and others valuing more Cuba’s sustained diplomatic relations with other countries in the Americas. The seminar explored how Cuba is re-positioning itself, at what pace changes may take place, and the impact on Cuba and the region.