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A community’s self-reliance is achieved by addressing problems holistically and maximizing the value from local resources – human, natural, and financial. Local self-reliance does not necessarily mean self-sufficiency—even nations are not selfsufficient— but a self-reliant community is self-governing and capable of identifying and developing the resources necessary for its prosperity. This session will include successful models and case studies on national transformation that can be a resource for other communities around the world. Panelists will emphasize a community’s own capacity to identify and address development and national transformation priorities through community-based development, which operates on the principles of local empowerment, participatory governance, greater downward accountability, and enhanced local capacity.

Moderator: Dr. Michael Lenaghan Chair of Teaching Excellence; Professor, Miami Dade College, United States

  • H.E. Rafael Hipólito Mejía Former President of Dominican Republic
  • Mr. Victor Almonte Specialist in Community Development and International Cooperation, World Vision, World Bank, International Plan, IDB Youth
  • Mr. Joan Mateo Director, Service For Peace, Dominican Republic
  • Dr. Waldo Brea President, Partners of the Americas, Dominican Republic
  • Mr. Alejandro Bravo Executive Director, Nicaraguan Association of Municipalities
  • Hon. Ruperto Long Minister, Court of Auditors; Former Senator of Uruguay