What is CLACDS?

The Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development is the center of thought and applied research of INCAE Business School. Its mission is to promote sustainable development in the region through research, capacity building and dialogue.

CLACDS uses a four-axis methodology that unites competitiveness, social progress, environmental performance, and governance. He has worked closely with different international organizations such as the World Bank, the IDB, GIZ, the United States Embassy and other partners in research and training programs for leaders of the public and private sectors.

  • LAC Bioenergy Challenge 2023

    Participate in the Latin American and Caribbean Bioenergy Challenge 2023

    This challenge seeks to identify 20 teams promoting specific investment projects for the sustainable development of bioenergy in its different forms, to participate in a six-week capacity building process, which will include online training sessions and advice to strengthen their investment plans. business and financing proposals.

    Participate in the informative webinar on Monday, June 26, at 08:00 am (Central American time).

    Sign up here https://bit.ly/3XeJcaM

  • Green Housing Financing: Building more sustainable and intelligent cities.

    The construction sector generates about 39% of the world's carbon emissions, according to the World Green Building Council. On the other hand, green building in emerging cities represents one of the biggest investment opportunities of the next decade: US$24,7 trillion by 2030. Most of this growth will occur in the residential sector, particularly in developing countries. average income. Additionally, green building projects stimulate low-carbon economic growth and create qualified jobs, in addition to promoting the rational use of resources such as water, energy and construction materials.

    The Green Housing Financing course addresses the new trends in the sector, its contribution to sustainable development and the benefits that result for all those involved.

  • Data Management for Social Audit

    On April 18, we held the Data Management for Social Audit webinar in which we had the valuable participation of experts Jorge Coello, Revistazo team leader, Diego Murillo, data scientist - specialist in digital transformation and business intelligence and Fredy Gómez, coordinator of the TEAM-NT Program in Guatemala - data analyst, who spoke about tools and practical experiences on the subject of social auditing. This activity was moderated by Luis Figueroa, Director (COP) of the TEAM-NT Program.

  • Leadership with social responsibility

    On January 17, 2023, the "Leadership with Social Responsibility" training was carried out, this is the second in a series of events that aim to help strengthen the capacities of social organizations in the region to better fulfill their mission in favor of transparency and social auditing.  

    This training was given by Dr. María Elena Carballo, INCAE Professor.
    Some sections of the video were removed due to copyright.

  • Successful experiences in digital government and social audit

    On February 21, 2023, we held the webinar "Successful experiences in digital government and social audit", in which we had the valuable participation of experts Marlon Osegueda, Municipal Finance Specialist and Digital Tools Developer, from the USAID project, Nexos Locales , Yahayra Velásquez Duce, Lawyer and specialist in public procurement and transparency and Lester Ramírez, Director of Democracy and Transparency ASJ and with the moderation of Luis Figueroa, Director (COP) of TEAM-NT.

    This was the fourth activity in a series of events carried out by the TEAM-NT Program executed by CLACDS/INCAE with the support of USAID.

  • Smart Investment: Investment Experiences with a Gender Approach of four influential funds from Latin America

    Investment funds have the potential to transform and promote the inclusion of women in society and business, and in turn promote sustainable development. These impacts can be achieved simultaneously to generate profitability for investors. This is one of the main conclusions drawn from the event held jointly by CLACDS/INCAE, Value for Women and SVX MX.

  • Economic and social impacts of COVID-19 and climate change on coffee growing in the Central American Northern Triangle

    INCAE consultant and researchers participated in the study "Economic and social impacts of COVID-19 and climate change on coffee growing in the Central American Northern Triangle", developed by the IDB and the Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung Foundation (HRNS), with the participation and support from the coffee institutionality and whose objective is to have quantitative information that allows guiding decision-making.

  • Social Progress Index 2022

    The Social Progress Index® 2022 uses 12 components and 60 indicators to measure the social performance of 169 countries in full and an additional 27 countries in part, it is the most extensive yet. By looking back on our progress since 2011, we can better understand the direction of the journey so that we can clearly see the progress we are making and where we are falling behind. It gives us a good picture of how people around the world live, what their needs are, and provides an indication of what needs to happen to make life better.

  • Practical guide for aligning private sector climate action with national goals and strategies

    This Guide has been formulated based on the discussions held in various exchange and dialogue spaces within the framework of ArticuLAC, taking advantage of the learning and experiences of its members, who represent 49 public and private organizations from 13 Latin American countries.

  • 25 years of working for the sustainable development of the region

    You can find our contribution in the e-book and videos of leaders in the region.

  • Digital Check

    NicaraguaINCAE Business School, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Fundación País Digital invite you to learn more about Digital Check, a tool that will allow Nicaraguan MSMEs to know their level of digital maturity and receive recommendations to move towards a greater transformation in this regard.

    Video Tutorial: https://youtu.be/3leGb2dDU1c

  • Regional Ethics and Transparency Initiative (RETAIN)

    The Regional Ethics and Transparency Initiative (RETAIN) proposes a robust strategy to address various problems that will have a profound impact changing the way societies perceive corruption and the responsibility of each one -as an individual or organization- so that these individuals and organizations from the public and private sector can act ethically and reduce opportunities to engage in corrupt activities.

  • The Future of Central America

    The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development (CLACDS) of INCAE Business School presented the book "The future of Central America: challenges for sustainable development," which addresses the recent situation in the region in issues of trade policy, investment, the financial sector, migration, raw materials and natural resources and proposes policy opportunities to address the challenges they present.

  • We are hiring: Training assistant

  • LAC Bioenergy Challenge 2023
  • Green Housing Financing: Building more sustainable and intelligent cities.
  • Data Management for Social Audit
  • Leadership with social responsibility
  • Successful experiences in digital government and social audit
  • Smart Investment: Investment Experiences with a Gender Approach of four influential funds from Latin America
  • Economic and social impacts of COVID-19 and climate change on coffee growing in the Central American Northern Triangle
  • Social Progress Index 2022
  • Practical guide for aligning private sector climate action with national goals and strategies
  • 25 years of working for the sustainable development of the region
  • Digital Check
  • Regional Ethics and Transparency Initiative (RETAIN)
  • The Future of Central America
  • We are hiring: Training assistant

Our work axes

Competitiveness

CLACDS promotes the efficient use of resources and innovation as a way to stimulate the productivity of a country, region or groups of companies. It also requires a business environment where policies, institutions and factors of production are developed in a coordinated way to create the conditions that promote sustainable economic growth. Sustainable economic growth is one of the necessary conditions to reduce the poverty that affects important groups in Latin American society and to improve the social progress of the entire population.

Social Progress

Social Progress is the ability of a society to satisfy the fundamental human needs of its citizens, to establish the foundations that allow it to improve and maintain the quality of life of its citizens, and to create the conditions for all individuals to reach their full potential. .

Environmental Performance

Environmental resources are a source of wealth for humanity, yet they have long been exploited extractively. CLACDS encourages the use of natural wealth by people and the productive sector so that this heritage is available to be used by future generations. To achieve this goal, new business models are required, innovative and aware that it is not possible to create value by destroying nature or social values, development is only achieved when the economic, social and environmental balance is achieved.

Governance

Since its foundation, CLACDS has fostered spaces for dialogue that allow the generation of agreements to seek sustainable development. These spaces are increasingly important to ensure governance due to the trend towards the formation of interest groups with opposing interests.

Within the governance axis, institutional strengthening is also promoted through capacity building and data-based decision-making.

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November 20, 2023

The construction sector generates about 39% of the world's carbon emissions, according to the World Green Building Council. On the other hand, green construction in emerging cities represents one of the biggest investment opportunities of the next decade: US$24,7 trillion for...

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Global Competitiveness Report 2018-2019

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