International Seminar Investment in Children in Latin America and the Caribbean

A strategy to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals

Seminario Internacional Inversión en la Infancia en América Latina y el Caribe

Generating sufficient budgetary spaces and investing more and better in children and adolescents is one of the best strategies that countries have to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Since 2013, UNICEF annually organizes regional meetings on how to move forward with this strategy, and these meetings have been effective: the Latin America and the Caribbean region has been pioneer in the public investment progress towards the fulfillment of children's rights, going from the quantification and estimation of national and subnational public resources destined for children to the analysis of the quality of that investment.

This year´s International Seminar on Investment in Children, is a new regional meeting, and the first hosted in a Caribbean country. This event is organized by UNICEF and the Government of the Dominican Republic, through the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Development, the Ministry of Finance and the General Budget Directorate, and aims to provide a privileged space for reflection, dialogue and exchange, in order to continue sharing experiences and tools on financing a better investment in children and adolescents with the governments of the region, decision makers, international and regional experts, civil society organizations, academia, private sector and other relevant actors.

The expectation is that the reflections of this valuable space for dialogue and exchange, together with the lessons learned from the region's experiences, contribute to the efforts to continue in the indispensable and urgent task of improving investment in children in the countries of the region, and therefore advance the achievement of the SDGs.

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The International Seminar on Investment in Children seeks to achieve a greater impact on the social investment and social protection of children financing, highlighting its crucial importance in the process of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals at a regional level.

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Portada Contexto económico de América Latina y el Caribe: crecimiento económico, espacio fiscal y expectativas en 2019

Economic context of Latin America and the Caribbean: economic growth, fiscal space and expectations for 2019
Presenter: Alonso Segura Vasi, Ex-Minister of Economy and Finance of Peru, Founding Partner of HACER PERÚ, Professor of Economics at PUCP.

 

 

 

Portada La estrategia nacional de desarrollo


The National Development Strategy, investment in children and adolescents and the Sustainable Development Goals
Presenter: Yván Rodríguez, Vice Minister of Planning, Ministery of Economy, Planning and Development of the Dominican Republic.

 

 

 


Panel 1.1. Social investment in children in the region. Trends, effectiveness and challenges

Portada Equidad y finanzas públicas bajo un enfoque de infancia


Commitment to equity for children
Presenter: José Cuesta, Senior Economist, Poverty Global Practice, World Bank.

 

 

 

 

Portada De qué manera


How equity and universality can improve financing of public investments in children
Presenter: Alexandra Yuster, Associate Director on Social Inclusion and Public Policy, Programme Division, UNICEF HQ.

 

 

 

Portada Inversión pública en primera infancia


Early childhood expenditure in the Dominican Republic: realities, effectiveness analysis and trends
Presenter: Ayacx Mercedes, Deputy Director of the General Directorate of Special Programs of the Ministry of the Presidency, Dominican Republic.

 

 

 


Panel 1.2. Alternatives of financing for public investment in childhood and adolescence for the achievement of the SDGs

Portada El desafío de la protección social


Social spending in children and adolescents in European and Latin American countries. An analysis in comparative perspective
Presenter: Fernando Filgueira, UNICEF Regional Consultant/Principal Investigator of the Social Protection Program of CIPPEC, Argentina.

 

 

Portada Las asociaciones público-privadas


Public-private partnerships as alternatives for financing public projects
Presenter: Jean Philippe Pening, Advisor in Municipality of Bogotá, Colombia.

 

 

 

Portada Finanzas innovadoras y bonos de Impact en ALC


Social Impact Bonds in Latin America
Presenter: Zachary Levey, Executive Director of Levoca Impact Labs.

 

 

 

 


Simultaneous discussion session on country experiences:

a) Methodologies and institutionalization of the measurement of public investment in children at national and subnational level

Session 1:

Session 2:

  • Jaime Durán Chuquimia, Vice Minister of Budget and Fiscal Accounting, Ministry of Economy and Public Finance, Bolivia
  • Yoly Colindres, Systems Analyst at the Directorate for Children, Adolescence and Family, Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion, Honduras
  • Ana María Guemez, Social Policy Specialist, UNICEF Peru
  • Karine Tomaz, Auditor of the Laboratory of Public Policy, Public Ministry of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

b) Processes to improve the quality of public spending on children from different angles such effectiveness, efficiency of public expenditure in children and also on transparency and participation in the budget cycle

  • Carlos Calderón, Social Policy Officer, UNICEF Peru
  • Jair López, Analyst of the Technical Office of the Social Sector, Secretariat of Government General Coordination, Honduras
  • Guillermo Valentino, Director, Budget Evaluation Office, National Budget Office, Ministry of Finance, Argentina
  • Marcelo Ventós, Member of the Working Group on Investment and part of the Asociación de Organizaciones No Gubernamentales orientadas al Desarrollo (ANONG, Uruguay), Redlamyc

Panel 2.1. Investment in social protection as a national development strategy

Portada Protección social


Social protection that prioritizes children: the experience of the Dominican Republic
Presenter: Altagracia Suriel, CEO “Progresando con Solidaridad (PROSOLI)” Programmme, Vice Presidency of the Dominican Republic.

 

 

 

Portada Towards a universal child benefit


Towards a Universal Child Benefit in Brazil: What Needs to be Done and What can be Expected?
Presenter: Sergei Soares, Researcher, Applied Economic Research Institute (Ipea), Brazil.

 


 

 

Portada Towards a Universal Child Benefit in Brazil: What Needs to be Done and What can be Expected?


Towards a social protection floor, emphasizing investments in children
Presenter: Judith Alpuche, CEO, Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation, Belize.

 

 

 


Panel 2.2. Public investment in health and education, universal coverage and the transition to quality

Portada Reforms to the health system to achieve universality. The Peruvian experience


Reforms to the health system to achieve universality. The Peruvian experience
Presenter: Midori de Habich, Former Minister of Health of Peru.
 

 

 

 

Portada Universal health system: coverage and financing challenges in Mexico


Universal health system: coverage and financing challenges in Mexico
Presenter: Héctor Villarreal Páez, General Director, Economic and Budgetary Research Center, Mexico.
 

 

 

 

Portada What is and is not useful to reduce high school dropouts?


What is and is not useful to reduce high school dropouts? A review of interventions from the evidence
Presenter: Rafael de Hoyos, Lead Economist, World Bank.

 

 

 

 

Portada Investment trends in public education in the Dominican Republic


Investment trends in public education in the Dominican Republic
Presenter: David Lapaix Ávila, Director of Financial Programming and Economic Studies, Ministry of Education of the Dominican Republic.

 

 


 


Panel 2.3. Public investment in protection against violence in childhood, a Latin American and Caribbean debt

Portada Analysis and costing of early childhood protection policies against violence


Analysis and costing of early childhood protection policies against violence
Presenter: Javier Curcio, FCE-UBA researcher and international consultant in public finances for children.

 

 

 

 

 

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Related resources


Latin America and the Caribbean 30 years after the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Almost 30 years after the signature of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, ECLAC and UNICEF Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Office present this study as an account of the achievements made towards ensuring children’s and adolescents’ rights, together with the challenges that governments communities still need to address in order to guarantee the full development of children and adolescents.

Making visible these pending debts with Latin American and Caribbean children is a call for coordinated action and for the design and implementation of universal and inclusive social policies, so that all children born with the same inalienable rights can exercise them, regardless of their conditions of birth.


 


UNICEF’s Engagements in Influencing Domestic Public Finance for Children (PF4C): A Global Programme Framework

UNICEF presents the Global Programme Framework to influence public financing for children, which provides the necessary tools to accompany national and subnational governments throughout the public finance management process with a focus in children.

This is intended not only to advocate for greater allocation of resources for children and adolescents but to improve the use of the funds that are available, making the budget cycle more efficient and transparent, using a results-based approach and, in a special way, orienting it to the reduction of persistent and emerging disparities in the countries of the region.


 

Previous seminars


Argentina

International Seminar “Social Investment: In Search of Advocacy to Protect and Improve the Allocation of Resources for Children”

October 10 and 11, 2017
Buenos Aires, Argentina

The website contains videos and documentation developed during the event.


Mexico

International Seminar "Towards a better investment in childhood"


October 24 and 25, 2016
Mexico City, Mexico

The document includes the main reflections, challenges and conclusions of the Seminar.


Ecuador

International Seminar “Investment in Children in Latin America and the Caribbean: Towards a more effective and equitable investment in children”

May 25 and 26, 2015
Quito, Educador

The document includes the main reflections, challenges and conclusions of the Seminar.


Peru

International Seminar “Investment in Children: A commitment to equity in 25 years of the CRC”


October 2 and 3, 2014
Lima, Peru

The website contains the presentations shown during the event.


Colombia

International Seminar – Workshop “Towards a model of Allocation, Execution and Monitoring of Public Spending in Children”

June 26 and 27, 2013
Bogota, Colombia

The document includes the main reflections, challenges and conclusions of the Seminar.