The Andean Countries Office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom develops its activities in Peru, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia and Venezuela. Together with the partners of the foundation, organizations or individuals, it seeks to promote democratic, free and entrepreneurial societies.
Machado: The only path for democratic redemption in Venezuela
The recent decision by Venezuela's Supreme Justice Tribunal to uphold the "arbitrary and politically fabricated disqualification" against opposition leader Maria Corina Machado has surprised few. This ban legally prevents her from participating in the upcoming presidential election, the date of which has yet to be announced by the Maduro regime.
Chileans rejected a second attempt to change their Constitution – politics are now likely to refocus on different matters
The Chilean people once again voted against replacing their 1980 Constitution after a failed attempt in 2022. While the text was perceived as too left-leaning last time, the opposite problem seems to have hindered this second proposal’s chances. President Boric has now announced there are no plans for a third attempt during his administration, and most of the population agrees.
Maduro intensifies repression against Maria Corina Machado's team ahead of the 2024 presidential elections
The Venezuelan regime, led by Nicolás Maduro, is ratcheting up intimidation tactics as the 2024 presidential elections approach. In early December, arrest warrants were issued for opposition activists, including close associates of opposition leader Maria Corina Machado. Members of the European Parliament strongly condemn the regime's latest action.
LíderLab 2023 in Rionegro, Antioquia – Colombia
Under the theme “Freedom, the Only Path to Your Best Version,” Libertank's LíderLab, held from November 30 to December 3, 2023, in Rionegro, Antioquia, stands as a landmark and transformative experience for 30 outstanding young leaders from across Colombia.
LAMBAYEQUE IMPACT: EQUALITY NOW
Asociación Somos Ciudadanía and FNF Países Andinos successfully carried out the Escuela de Indecencia Ciudadana: por la igualdad, a training program aimed at women and men from the Lambayeque region between the ages of 18 and 45. The program has become a space for learning, reflection and action where participants were immersed in discussions, workshops and dynamics that empowered them to be agents of change in their communities.
Connecting to Transform: Multisectoral Event for Creative Industries in Medellín
During two days brimming with creative energy, Medellín emerged as an authentic cultural laboratory. Creative Partnerships: Alianzas Bacanas, a multisectoral gathering developed by CERLALC, deeply explored the intersection of crucial themes for Colombia's creative industries. From the proliferation of artificial intelligence to the need for cultural capitalization and alliance formation, the event evolved into a hub of ideas and innovation. Medellín, the chosen stage, wasn't randomly selected; the city positioned itself as another protagonist in this event, co-creating an experience that mirrored its commitment to innovation and transformation.
Study Tour: Free Trade World Order and Globalization Hub in Washington
Soledad Hormazábal, a Chilean researcher at the Horizontal think tank, took part in the Study Tour: Free Trade World Order and Globalization Hub in Washington. She shares her insights and experiences concerning the critical aspects of international trade and globalization