Capacity Building for a New Social and Economic Policy Strategy in Paraguay

The elections of 20 April 2008 put an end to 61 years of single-party rule in Paraguay. With the arrival of the new administration, one of IDRC's long-time partners - the Centro de Análisis y Difusión de la Economía Paraguya-CADEP) - saw its executive director become Minister of Finance and a prominent political figure. Such a situation could help CADEP make a greater contribution to policymaking, but it could also weaken the institution through the loss of its senior researchers.

This project will tackle these challenges by supporting a twinning arrangement between CADEP and a strong Uruguayan thinktank, the Centro de Investigaciones Económicas (CINVE), which has just emerged from a similar experience. The project will link researchers from the two institutions in the production six policy briefs on priority areas and two medium-scale research projects that will generate new evidence to inform Paraguay's integration strategy and employment policy.

Throughout the process, CINVE and CADEP will exchange experiences on organizational strategies to minimize the adverse impacts of such unique historical opportunities.

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Start Date

Friday, September 18, 2009

End Date

Friday, March 18, 2011


15 months

IDRC Officer

Robino, Carolina

Total funding

CA$ 285,300


Paraguay, South America, North and Central America


Employment and Growth

Project Leader

Fernando Lorenzo


Centro de Investigaciones Económicas

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Project Leader

Fernando Masi


Centro de Análisis y Difusión de la Economía Paraguaya

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