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Gobernarte 2014
Ganadores Documentos Experts panel

Call 2014: new forms of social inclusion

While poverty and inequality in Latin America have declined recently, it is estimated that approximately one in three Latin American remains poor and one in eight lives in extreme poverty (according to UN data). In the context of the economic growth that Latin America and the Caribbean is experiencing, governments are carrying out all kinds of efforts to make the benefits of growth reach all citizens, especially the most vulnerable: indigenous populations , afro -descendant communities , people with special needs, the elderly , among others.

At the subnational level of government, sometimes these efforts involve various stakeholders concerned about fostering the development of all the citizens of their communities. Citizens, civil society and the private sector work have worked with government authorities to create proposals that would benefit the most vulnerable populations. Many of these initiatives are based on mobile platforms or social networks, and develop tools that can create and disseminate more and better information, contribute to increased access to public services, and promote a more inclusive development.

There are plenty of good practices in the region at the subnational level that promote new forms of governance and community participation: mobile health, mobile education, mobile commerce, social network usage, more open government, shared management platforms , new mechanisms consultation and participation. These are some examples of services enabled by various state and local governments that are addressing challenges and needs as well as helping to improve the quality of life of Latin American citizens.

For its second edition, The GobernArte award aims to identify, reward and document digital tools to promote access of vulnerable populations to public services, developed by subnational governments in collaboration with civil society or the private sector.

In this edition the award had four subcategories:

  • Initiatives developed by governments of third administrative level (municipality or other equivalent name) in partnership with the private sector.
  • Initiatives developed by governments of third administrative level (municipality or other equivalent name) in partnership with non-governmental and civic organizations.
  • Initiatives developed by governments in second administrative level (states, provinces, departments or equivalent denominations) in partnership with the private sector.
  • Initiatives developed by governments in second administrative level (states, provinces, departments or other equivalent designations) in partnership with non-governmental and civic organizations


Winners 2014


Estrategia Integral


Category 1: Alliance with the civil society at a provincial, departmental, regional, or state level (second administrative level).

Initiative developed by the Colima State, Mexico, with the Citizen Council for Public Security





Democracia Activa


Category 2: Alliance with the civil society at a municipal level (third administrative level).

Initiative developed by the Santiago de Cali Municipality, Colombia, with “Ciudadanos Activos”.





Geekie Games


Category 3: Alliance with the private sector at a provincial, departmental or state level (second administrative level).

Initiative developed by the Mato Grosso do Sul State, Brazil, with Geekie.





Red Bienestar



Category 4: Alliance with the private sector at a municipal level (third administrative level).

Initiative developed by the Vitoria Municipality, Brazil, with the Pathology Laboratory of Espirito Santo.



Informative document about the initiatives.

Infographics of the 10 finalist initiatives of Gobernarte 2014

that were presented in the Third meeting of municipality with sustainable development (Brazil).

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Dr. Lloyd George Waller (Senior Lecturer in Methodology and Governance) is Chair of the Department of Government at the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Mona, Jamaica and Director of the Centre for Leadership and Governance at UWI. Dr. Waller specializes in the development, advancement and use of relevant research methodologies, methods and analytical tools to integrate technology, business, government and society for the purpose of development. His primary areas of research are Advanced Research Methodologies and Development Studies - with emphasis on electronic governance.


Miguel Brechner is the president of Uruguay’s Plan Ceibal, the first of its kind around the world for its truly national scope. This Plan has allowed all students attending public schools to receive a laptop computer with a wireless internet connection (Wi-Fi) available both inside and outside the classroom, in this way providing connectivity to educational establishments and their surroundings across the country.


Julio Alberto Ríos Gallego is a civil engineer, conference speaker, tutor and high school physics and math professor. Looking to motivate his students, Ríos Gallego uploaded his classes to Julioprofe YouTube channel in 2009. The channel now has more than 321,000 subscribers and its educational videos have been viewed 67 million times. Now known as Julioprofe, Ríos Gallego has become a model worldwide due to his creation of free electronic educational material in the following areas: algebra, geometry, trigonometry, analytic geometry, calculus, physics, linear algebra and high level mathematics.


Carolina Trivelli Ávila is a Peruvian economist specializing in poverty, social policy and rural development. She is the former Minister of Development and Social Inclusion of Peru and served as lead researcher at the Institute of Peruvian Studies. Currently she is the lead of ASBANC’s e-Money project and a member of the Peru’s College Board - Innova Schools, the CARE Peru’s Board, the Council of RIMISP and the National Institute of Statistics and Information’s Technical Advisory Committee on measuring poverty.


José Aguilar is a psychologist with a Master’s Degree in Project Management in Development. He received the Chevening Scholarship from the British Embassy and created the Youth Action Foundation, seeing it through from conception to implementation. The Foundation seeks to prevent dropouts at high-risk educational institutions through the use of a model that promotes both teacher and student participation in identifying problems and designing solutions. Numerous private enterprises, NGOs, government organizations and university volunteers support the foundation’s projects and aid in their implementation in San José, Limón, Puntarenas y Guanacaste.


Emilene Martínez Morales is the Regional Coordinator of Civil Society for Open Government Partnership in Latin America and is a researcher specializing in public information access. Since 2001, she has collaborated on projects with a diverse array of institutions including George Washington University’s National Security Archive, the Fundar Center for Analysis and Research, the World Bank Institute, Chile’s Council for Transparency, the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, and the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE). Additionally, Emilene is a participant in the local activist network México Infórmate.

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