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.

  • Women Entrepreneurs Progressing (EMPRO) Honduras

    Under the Women's Business Growth initiative, INCAE Business School's Programa Empresarias Progresando - EMPRO, aims to contribute 100% scholarships for the training of 40 businesswomen from Honduras, through training specifically designed to acquire the necessary knowledge for the transformation and scaling of their businesses and greater access to financing.

    EMPRO is a Program divided into three phases:

    • Recruitment and Enrollment
    • Training (tutoring and mentoring)
    • Business conference. 
  • Young Emerging Leaders of Civil Society Program (ExCeL)

    This program aims to: Train, motivate and connect emerging leaders from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras

    In such a changing environment, leaders are required to empower themselves, be agents of change and know how to face the challenges of the future. That is why this program has the purpose of providing them with all the necessary tools to achieve these objectives.

  • 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.

  • CLACDS: 25 years of promoting Sustainable development in the Region

    We share with you the link to the CLACDS Anniversary website, where you will find the E-book, videos and other materials related to our anniversary.

  • 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.

  • Coronavirus: the economic, social and political impact in Latin America

    Alberto Trejos, Dean of INCAE talks to us about the effects of the Covid-19 virus in the economic, social and political contexts of our region and the real impact of the pandemic in our countries.

  • Management responses in times of COVID-19

    We share the article written by Octavio Martínez, Director of CLACDS / INCAE.

    In which recommendations are proposed that companies must take into account to face this crisis.

  • Collective Well-being in times of crisis: from data to pandemic

    Webinar Taught by Jaime García, Senior Researcher and Director of Social Progress Projects and moderated by Alvaro Salas, Founder of Demo Lab, where a multidimensional analysis of the epidemiological crisis that affects the world and risks that the region faces to face the pandemic and its economic and social effects.

  • A look at the issue of corruption and fraud in Latin American companies

    Latin America continues to be hit by a harsh reality: corruption and fraud continue to impact the public and private sectors. This situation leaves serious consequences, both in the reputation and in the sustainability of the businesses.

    Based on this premise, KPMG in Costa Rica and INCAE conducted a study to find out the perception that senior executives of Latin American companies have about corruption and fraud in their organizations, as well as the impact, those responsible and the triggering factors.

  • Women Entrepreneurs Progressing (EMPRO) Honduras
  • Young Emerging Leaders of Civil Society Program (ExCeL)
  • Practical guide for aligning private sector climate action with national goals and strategies
  • CLACDS: 25 years of promoting Sustainable development in the Region
  • Digital Check
  • Regional Ethics and Transparency Initiative (RETAIN)
  • The Future of Central America
  • Coronavirus: the economic, social and political impact in Latin America
  • Management responses in times of COVID-19
  • Collective Well-being in times of crisis: from data to pandemic
  • A look at the issue of corruption and fraud in Latin American companies

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.

News

Meet the 40 Honduran Women winners of the EMPRO scholarship

30 2022 September

September 30, 2022. After a long process of selection and evaluation of more than 200 registrations of Honduran women to participate in the Women Entrepreneurs Progressing Program (EMPRO), today we announce the 40 winners.

These 40 women who want to continue...

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Events

November 14, 2022

The Green Housing Financing course is born from the importance of publicizing new trends in the sector, its contribution to sustainable development and the benefits that result for all those involved.

Learning objectives

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Blogs

Global Competitiveness Report 2018-2019

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