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Plataforma Democrática, Centro de Estudios de la Sociedad Civil y la Vida
Pública at Universidad Nacional de San Martín and CADAL, organized at the
Representation in Buenos Aires of Unviersita di Bologna, the Seminar-Debate
arround the book "Usos, abusos y desafíos de la sociedad civil en América
Latina". The speakers were: Carlos H. Acuña, Pablo Marsal, Mario Roitter,
Gabriela Ippolito-O’Donnell, Laura Alonso and Bernardo Sorj.
The first panel was dedicated to "Frequent questions on civil society",
including: the different tipologies of civil society, an attempt to map civil
society, and how the appear, who they represent, how their are financed and
measure their results. This panel was moderated by Gabriel Salvia, Chairman of
the Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL), and the
speakers were Carlos H. Acuña, Pablo Marsal and Mario Roitter.
Carlos H. Acuña holds a Ph.D. in Political Science (University of
Chicago) and a Masters in Research Methodology. He is director of Maestría
en Administración y Políticas Públicas and Professor at Universidad de
San Andrés, Main researcher at CONICET, he was professor at UBA,
Universidad Di Tella, University of Chicago and University of
Notre Dame. He has published several articles and books in the country and
abroad. His areas of specialization are Comparative politics; public policy and
economic policy.Video of Carlos H.
Acuña Presentation (In Spanish)
Pablo Marsal is BA in Organizatino and Institutional
Management (Universidad Nacional de San Martín) and Master of Arts in
Development Management and Policy (Georgetown University), speciallized in civil
society organizations, their articulartion with the government and companies. He
was chairman of the association of NGOs professionals in Argentina (AGODI) and
one of its founders. He is author of the book: ¿Cómo se financian las ONG
Argentinas? and the Argentine chapter of the Project “Rendición de cuentas
y transparencia de las Organizaciones de la Sociedad Civil”, among other
published works.Video in Spanish of
Pablo Marsal's presentation
Mario M. Roitter is economist and Master in Administration. He is Deputy
researcher at Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad (CEDES) and
coordinator of the Civil Society Area at this Center. He has researched civil
society, citizen participation, social economics and on other social and
cultural themes related to CSOs (youth, childhood, arts, sports and recreation).
He is professor of the Post-graduate program in Management of non profit
Organizatinos (Universidad de San Andrés - CEDES). He has published
numerous works and has served as consultant of public and private entities such
as international organizations.
The second panel was entitled "Civil society, representative democracy and
citizen participation". The speakers were Gabriela Ippolito-O'Donnell, Laura
Alonso and Bernardo Sorj, who analyzed the challenges of civil society in Latin
American democracies of 21st century: What should we do for civil society to
become a factor of strengthening a space of autonomous power able to dialogue
with public institutions, governmen institutions and public opinion? How could
we strengthen the virtuous relations among them, without making them loose their
specific form of action? The moderator of this panel was José María Ghio,
professor at Escuela de Gobierno at Universidad Di Tella.
Gabriela Ippolito-O'Donnell is Ph. D. in Political Science at University
of Cambridge. She holds a Masters degree from University of Notre
Dame and BA in Political Science at Universidad del Salvador. She is
director of CESC (Centro de Estudios de la Sociedad Civil y la Vida Pública) and
of the Political Science College at Escuela de Política y Gobierno at
Universidad Nacional de San Martín.
Laura Alonso is Congresswoman from the City of Buenos Aires (2009-2013). She
was Executive Director of Poder Ciudadano. She received the Global Leadership
Award from the organization Vital Voices Global Partnership in 2008. She
is Eisenhower Fellow and British Chevening Scholar. She served as
professor at Universidad de Buenos Aires, San Andrés, CEMA and Lanús.
In the second half of 2009, she was in charge of the general coordination
of the dialogue process between government and civil society organizations
entitled ‘Compromiso Buenos Aires 2020’ supported by UNDP. She is BA
in Political Science from Universidad de Buenos Aires and Master in Public
Administration and Public Policy at London School of Economics.
Bernardo Sorj is Director of Centro Edelstein de Investigaciones
Sociales and professor of sociology at Universidad Federal de Río de
Janeiro. He was visiting schollar in several universities in Europe
and United States, and is author of 23 books published in several
languages, on social theory, Latin America and democracy. Among his most recent
books are: El Desafío Latinoamericano (with Danilo Martuccelli, Siglo XXI, 2008)
and La Democracia Inesperada (Prometo/Bonagno, 2004).
Carlos H. Acuña, Guillermo O’Donnell, José María Ghio, Bernardo
Sorj and Mario Roitter.
Mateja Lesar Markovic, from the Embassy of Slovenia,
and Ondrej Pometlo, from the Embassy of Czech Republic.
Gabriela Ippolito-O’Donnell, Guillermo O’Donnell and
in Spanish with the presentation by Carlos H. Acuña
in Spanish with the presentation by Pablo Marsal