The 2017 Central America Donors Forum will take place October 25 – 27, and will feature plenaries, concurrent sessions, networking events, and receptions.

“Reimagining Partnerships” is the theme that will guide the content for this year’s sessions. The challenges facing Central America are inextricably linked, for example: food security and climate change, economic growth and gender equality, and health and education. A successful, sustainable development agenda that addresses these challenges requires innovative partnerships between government, the private sector, donors, and civil society. Now is the time to think anew about how partnerships can effectively combine individual strengths for maximum impact. Through a multi-stakeholder approach we can tackle issues which require multi-party solutions. Check back soon for agenda updates.

7:30am - 8:30am
7:30am - 8:30am
Breakfast with the Inter-American Foundation

Breakfast jointly hosted by the Inter-American Foundation (IAF) and SIF to discuss effective partnerships for promoting community asset mobilization. The IAF is eager to work with more partners in Central America by supporting with grants, exchange and technical assistance.  

  • RSVP required. Please reference the networking email to register. Space is limited to first 15 registrants. 



8:30am - 8:40am
Opening Remarks

Michelle Muschett, Deputy Minister of Social Development, Government of the Republic of Panama



8:40am - 9:00am
Plenary Presentations

AllBank Philanthropy : Orange Fund for Social Impact

Arts and culture have rarely been defined as potential vehicles for social transformation. However, a concept openly described as the “Orange Economy” has surfaced to provide the space and the environment for a new form of entrepreneurship – and in said space the opportunity to sensitize children, teenagers and an entire society through contemporary dance, music, and theater has arisen. AllBank has put together a new idea with a different methodology  where by funding is provided for said entrepreneurs to be successful but also to impact the lives of less fortunate. This is the story of an investment vehicle that aims at supporting entrepreneurs in the orange economy that pursuit a bigger, larger goal: a better society.

PresenterCarlos A. Araúz G., Chief Executive Officer, AllBank Corp. | @arauz_garcia11, @AllbankPanama


Manzanillo International Terminal

Presenter: Yelitza Norse, CSR & Community Development Manager, Manzanillo International Terminal



9:00am - 10:00am
Plenary Session | Miami Conference on Prosperity and Security: Reinvigorating Partnerships with the Private Sector in Central America

The panel will discuss the Miami Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America, hosted by the U.S and Mexican governments in June.  Panelists will include the private sector, as well representatives from the U.S., Mexican, Guatemalan, Salvadoran, and Honduran governments.  The group will discuss outcomes from the June Conference, how to maintain momentum with the Northern Triangle’s Alliance for Prosperity, and how the Miami gathering explored new partnerships with the private sector and other partner countries in finding new approaches to strengthen the prosperity, security, and governance challenges in the Northern Triangle.


Panelists: Georges de La Roche, Ambassador, Director General of Bilateral International Relations, Ministry of External Relations, Guatemala

Mauricio Ibarra, Director General for North America, Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Relations (invited)

Don Jacobson, Director for Central American Affairs, U.S. Department of State | @WHASpeaks

Salomé Martínez, Advisor, Technical Secretary for Planning, The Presidency, El Salvador

Salvador Paiz, Vice President, Guatemalan Development Foundation (FUNDESA)

Dr. Marlon Tabora, Honduran Ambassador to the U.S.



10:00am - 10:30am
Plenary Conversation | Mesoamerica Health Initiative

Salud Mesoamerica Initiative (SMI) is a public-private partnership between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Carlos Slim Foundation, the Government of Spain, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the countries of Central America, and the state of Chiapas, Mexico. SMI aims to reduce maternal and child health inequalities through a results-based aid model (RBA), according to priorities established by the governments of the region. Read more about the initiative here.


Mike McDonald, Reporter for Bloomberg News, interviews Emma Margarita Iriarte, Executive Secretary of the Mesoamerica Health Initiative . | @mdmcdonald, @SMesoamerica



10:30am - 11:00am
Coffee Break
11:00am - 12:00pm
Concurrent Sessions: Education | Health | CSR

Session 1: What promise does SDG 4 Hold for Education in Central America?

Sustainable Development Goal 4, inclusive and equitable quality education for all, remains elusive for Central America’s youth. Moreover, problematic gender norms pose additional challenges. This panel features speakers involved in two examples of innovative, multisectoral partnerships to expand the reach and quality of secondary education. Glasswing’s Community School program leverages local and international cross-sector support to develop youth life skills, resilience, and address gender norms and violence. PASMO’s Chicas en Conexión project focuses on preventing early marriage and pregnancy and providing opportunities for continuing education, spurring collaboration with local officials and the Ministry of Education.

Moderator: Diana Pacheco, Doctoral Student, University of California, Berkeley

Panelists: Perla Alvarado Reyes, Program Manager, PASMO Honduras, Pan American Social Marketing Organization | @asociacionpasmo

Meg Cushing, Associate Director, Tinker Foundation | @TinkerFdn

Leyla Sierra, Coordinator, Cortés Department of Environmental Education and Health (DECOAS), Ministry of Education, Honduras

Maritza Trejo, Regional Education & Youth Director, Glasswing International | @brujita_trejo, @GlasswingInt




Session 2: Leveraging Cross-sectoral Partnerships to Tackle Complex, Regional Challenges in Public Health

In this panel, representatives of private, public, non-profit, and academic institutions will share their experiences working in cross-sectoral partnerships to address complex, regional challenges in health and healthcare in Central America. Recognizing that these challenges are complex and cannot be solved by any one entity, panelists will discuss the role of alliances in creating and sustaining system-level changes to improve the health and quality of life for Central Americans. Panelists will discuss examples of successes, challenges, and their perspective on existing and emerging opportunities for partnerships in the region.


ModeratorShivaugn Ahern, Interim Executive Director, The Central American Healthcare Initiative, Inc.

PanelistsDr. Alcibíades Batista González, Medical Subdirector of the Regional Health System of Chiriquí, Ministry of Health, Panamá | @albatistag

Vivian Bronsler, Senior Manager for Mexico And Central America, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab – MIT, Regional Office For Latin America And The Caribbean (J-Pal Lac) | @JPAL_LAC

Carlos Alberto Faerron Guzmán, Director, Centro Interamericano para la Salud Global




Session 3: Gender Equality is Good Business: Launch of Women’s Economic Empowerment Principles

This session will highlight companies that prioritize and operationalize gender equality into their business practices. Panelists representing a diverse cross-section of industries with major presence in Panama, and with regional and global scope, will discuss what they have accomplished to become Women’s Economic Empowerment Principles (WEPs) champions. UN Women will make the case for why Women’s Economic Empowerment Principles (WEPs) are good for business, based on new research and data. The audience will be invited to ask questions at the end of the session, and companies will be encouraged to join this collective of champion companies by committing to implement and report their gender equality practices.

More than 1,400 companies around the world have committed to implement WEPs but the representation of companies in Central America who have sign on remains low. This panel will be the first significant launch of WEPs in Panama with major companies leading the call. Champions will make specific, concrete commitments to further advance WEPs.


Moderator: Luiza Carvalho, Regional Director for the Americas and the Caribbean, UN Women | @carvalhounwomen, @ONUMujeres

Panelists: Laura Plata De Earle, Internal Communications, Corporate Wellbeing and Social Responsibility Director, COPA Airlines

Mercedes Eleta, President, Women Corporate Directors

Diego Ponce, VP Innovation and Digital Transformation, Banistmo | @Banistmo

Alexandra Vegas, Vice President, Latin America Oral Care and Shave Category and Regional Sponsor for Gender Equality Pillar, Procter & Gamble



12:00pm - 1:30pm
Networking Lunch

Find a table with a theme that interests you and network with your tablemates to learn more about the issues.



1:30pm - 2:30pm
Concurrent Sessions: Education | Health | CSR

Session 1: From CSR to NGO: Leveraging Partnerships for Community-based Development and Education           

This panel will share the Seeds for Progress Foundation’s experience of Digital Seeds, an innovative education program for Nicaragua’s rural communities made possible with the collaboration of international, national, and local actors. The Digital Seeds Program promotes a community based development model through the collaboration of strategic actors. The panel will explain how Seeds for Progress Foundation has worked with different stakeholders to implement the program in coffee communities, and how alliances have permitted them to grow from being a corporate social responsibility department of a coffee supplier, to an NGO supported by different actors in the coffee supply chain, from the producers, to roasters, ultimately reaching the end consumer.


Moderator: Rosa Rivas, Executive Director, Seeds for Progress Foundation | @seedsforprogres

Panelists: Ernesto Baltodano, General Manager, Cisa Agro Group

Alberto Fumo, Commercial Manager, Jebagro Panama

Monica Genet, Director of Educational Technology, Nicaraguan Ministry of Education (MINED)

Wendy Rodriguez, Director Institutional Development LATAM, INCAE




Session 2: Social Franchising: A Sustainable Health Solution

Private sector clinics and pharmacies have a significant yet often overlooked role to play in providing essential health services in emerging countries. One sustainable technique Red Segura, ACM and the Maverick Collective use, is social franchising. Like a commercial franchise, a social franchise offers standardized, reliable, quality care and products under a common brand and operating framework targeting clients below the level of high cost commercial counterparts. This session will harness the active participation of the audience and panel alike as we explore the strategy, operations, opportunities and challenges of using social franchising as a model for delivering sustainable health impact.


Moderator: Saratiel Karica, Country Manager, Pan American Social Marketing Organization (PASMO) | @asociacionpasmo

Panelists: Kathy Hall, Empowering Girls Program Director, The Summit Foundation | @SummitFdn

John (Mike) Hardin, Regional Social Franchise Technical Advisor, Population Services International | @PSIimpact

Erlin Rugama, General Manager, Soluciones De Vida S.A.-Accion Medica Cristiana | @soluciones_vida




Session 3: Ethical Leadership for the Sustainable Development of Central America

How can we advance towards the Sustainable Development Goals when the world is immersed in a crisis of confidence? Operating in a volatile environment such as the current one requires companies, institutions and NGOs to lead ethically, to put people at the center, and generate tangible impacts on society. In this panel we will discuss ideas and potential solutions to strengthen leadership roles and address the common problems of Panama and Central America to achieve a more inclusive development.

Moderator: Teresa de Alfaro, Executive Director, Sumarse | @Sumarse

Panelists:  Juan Carlos Córdoba, Founder and President, Sinergia Development and Member of the National Volunteer Council of Panama

Susanne Cochez, Corporate and Public Affairs Manager, Nestlé Centroamérica

Michelle Muschett, Deputy Minister of Social Development, Government of the Republic of Panama (invited)



2:30pm - 2:45pm
Coffee Break
2:45pm - 3:30pm
Plenary Conversation | Rule of Law

Adriana Beltrán, Senior Associate for Citizen Security at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), interviews Attorney General of Honduras, Oscar Fernando Chinchilla Banegas.



3:30pm - 4:30pm
Closing Plenary | The State of the Region

PresenterAlberto Mora, Briefing Coordinator, State of the Region | @EstadoNacion



4:30pm - 4:45pm
Closing Remarks

Bill Clapp, Co-Founder and Board President, Seattle International Foundation



5:00pm - 6:30pm
Impact Investing Workshop

Pomona Impact will lead an interactive session on Impact Investment that will provide participants with a chance to sit in the investor’s seat and access a live investment deal.  The session will share a high level summary on an investment opportunity, run through key impact investing considerations and then discuss collectively the merits and potential structuring of the deal. The best way to learn is by doing! 

Session led by Richard Ambrose, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Pomona Impact.



7:00pm - 9:00pm
Closing Reception

U.S. Ambassador John Feeley and SIF will co-host the Closing Reception at the Ambassador’s residence to celebrate new connections and a successful Forum!

  • Location: U.S. Ambassador’s residence
  • Shuttle departs Sheraton at 6:30pm.
  • RSVP required. Please reference the networking email to register.
7:00am - 8:30am
7:15am - 8:30am
Breakfast Briefing with the World Justice Project

 Breakfast co-hosted by Seattle International Foundation, Sumarse and World Justice Project to discuss the Panama Report of World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index.


Moderator: Ana Cerrud, Editor in Chief, La Estrella de Panama | @aicerrud, @EstrellaOnline

Panelists: Dr. Juan Carlos Botero, Executive Director, World Justice Project (WJP) | @JuanCarlosWJP, @TheWJP

Guido Rodríquez, Public Finance Attorney General, Republic of Panama 

  • RSVP required. Please reference the networking email to register. Space is limited to first 15 registrants. 



8:00am - 8:35am
National Anthem

Special performance of the Panamanian national anthem by La Red Nacional de Orquestas y Coro Infantiles y Juveniles de Panamá.

8:35am - 9:00am
Welcome and Opening Remarks

Welcome: Michele Frix, Interim CEO, Seattle International Foundation | @MichFrix, @SeaIF

Opening Remarks: John D. Feeley, United States Ambassador to Panama  | @USEmbPAN



9:00am - 10:00am
Opening Plenary | Effective Partnerships for Promoting Community Asset Mobilization: Expanding Local Resources for Community-led Development

For five decades the Inter-American Foundation (IAF) has been engaged with local Latin American partners to promote community-led development and has reimagined its partnerships in order to expand local resources to civil society organizations. This session highlights three successful models in Mexico, Colombia and El Salvador:

  • Community foundations: Philanthropic institutions that mobilize local resources for the benefit of a community.
  • RedEAmérica (REA): Network of corporate foundations that promotes best practices.
  • Diaspora philanthropy: Connections between immigrants and their communities of origin, enhancing the effectiveness of collective remittances.

The IAF supports these efforts through: grantmaking, learning, and technical assistance. The IAF is considering work with partners in Central America on similar initiatives.


Moderator: Steve Cox, Managing Director for Networks and Strategic Initiatives, Inter-American Foundation |@IAFgrassroots

Panelists: Elmer Arias, President and Founder, Foundation for Social, Economic and Cultural Education

Margareth Florez, Executive Director, RedEAmérica | @RedEAmerica

David Perez Rulfo, Executive Director, Corporativa de Fundaciones A.C. | @CFundaciones



10:00am - 10:30am
Plenary Conversation | Opportunity in Central America: The View from a Long-time Investor in the Region

Millicom, a leading provider of cable and mobile services dedicated to emerging markets, is a long-time investor in Central America. The company has seen most of these countries come out of challenging political, economic and social situations during the past 25 years, while its Tigo operations were growing in parallel. During this period, every country has found a way to rebuild their economy and infrastructure after years of war, recession, lack of governance and transparency, and even natural disasters. Besides embracing technology, countries in Central America attracted private investment by opening their doors to new types of businesses and by reimagining partnerships. While there are still improvements to be made, the transformation of this region into an important contributor to the Latin American and Global economies is well underway.


Brian Winter, Editor-in-Chief of Americas Quarterly and Vice President of Americas Society/Council of the Americas, interviews Mauricio Ramos, CEO of Millicom (TIGO). | @BrazilBrian, @AmerQuarterly, @Millicom



10:30am - 11:00am
Coffee Break
11:00am - 12:00pm
Concurrent Sessions: Philanthropy | Youth | Environment

Session 1| Philanthropy: Social Responsibility: The Role of Influential People in the Construction of Democracy in Central America

Hosted by El Faro with support from the Ford Foundation.

Despite the end of the civil wars two decades ago, Central America seems to be stuck in the simultaneous search for a sustainable and equitable development model, and the political processes that consolidate democracy. The responsibility tends to concentrate with political leaders, but what support can or should other economic or intellectual elites have in the construction of a region that is more equal, more inclusive, and more prosperous?

This session will look at the relationships between different actors of power and influence, the course of public debate on key themes, the impact of social corporate responsibility, the role of philanthropy, and the articulation of long-term solutions based on minimum consensus.

Session panelists who are experts on these themes and come from diverse backgrounds (academia, the private sector and journalism), and different countries (Costa Rica, El Salvador, United States), will share their experiences and analysis of the situation.


Moderator: José Luis Sanz, Director, El Faro @jlsanz | @_ElFaro_

Panelists: Fernando Bolaños, CEO, AgroAmerica @Agroamerica

Diego Fonseca, Editor, Journalist and Writer, Freelance

Johanna Hill Dutriz, Managing Partner, Salvadoran Exports (EXPORSAL, S.A. de C.V.)

Claudia A. Salmerón, Executive Director, Central America Leadership Initiative (CALI)– Follow Claudia at @claudiasalmer and CALI at @CALIinsights




Session 2 | Youth: Ending Endemic Violence against Children: Challenges and Opportunities

Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala (the Northern Triangle) are among the most violent countries of the world for children, where gang violence is a primary contributor to the high rates of child homicides. In 2016 alone, over 2,500 children in this region fell victim to violence.

UNICEF supports governments and local partners to prevent and protect children from this pressing situation. In this panel, participants will reflect on how, through innovative partnerships, child violence can come to an end, an absolute imperative to ensure the sustainable development of Central America and its societies.


Moderator:  Cecilie Modvar, Regional Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Office | @uniceflac

Panelists: Carlos Flores, Migrant Children Program Coordinator, Casa Alianza Honduras @CasaAlianzaHN

Fidel Fuentes, Mayor of San Marcos (El Salvador)

Rachel Samrén, EVP Chief External Affairs Officer, Millicom (TIGO) @RachelSamren | @Millicom




Session 3 | Environment: To mine or not to mine?  A contentious question for Central America

This panel will discuss the current status of metal mining in Central America. It will present case studies from El Salvador and other Central American countries, with attention to the legal and political context. Panelists will touch on hot button issues, including opportunities and risks to communities. Can metal mining contribute to building prosperous, equitable, sustainable and peaceful societies? If so, how? The panel will also look at the longer-term benefits and costs of metal mining in the region – environmental, social, economic, and political.


Moderator: Keith Slack, Global Program Director, Extractive Industries, Oxfam America @KeithSlack1  | @OxfamAmerica ‏

Panelists: Ana Dubón, University Student, National Roundtable against Metallic Mining in El Salvador-MNFM

Pedro Rafael Maldonado Flores, Legal Director, Centro de Acción Legal-Ambiental y Social de Guatemala (CALAS) @rafa_calas

Omar Arnulfo Serrano Crespín, Vice-rector of Social Protection, Central American University José Simeón Cañas (UCA), El Salvador



12:00pm - 1:30pm
Networking Lunch

Find a table with a theme that interests you and network with your tablemates to learn more about the issues.



1:30pm - 2:00pm
Plenary Conversation | Santa Ana Lidera: Innovative Partnerships for Social Development

The panel will present a model for partnerships currently being piloted in Santa Ana Lidera, an urban community in Panamá City. The model is based on leveraging local assets, community empowerment and creating synergies between different sectors. The panelists will share their perspectives and experiences as part of this partnership.


Moderator: Samuel Azout, Executive Director of Fútbol con Corazón | @samuelazout, @FccPty

Panelists: Ruth Braithwaite, Santa Ana Community Member

Laura Gonzales, Social Impact Manager, Conservatorio S.A

Daney Ramirez, Coordinator, Santa Ana Lidera



2:00pm - 3:00pm
Concurrent Sessions: Philanthropy | Youth | Environment

Session 1: Family Business Philanthropy in Latin America: Creating Lasting Impact

Families are considered the heart of society, and it is of extreme importance to preserve its values, its activism and its participation in social initiatives. Sixty percent of Latin American companies belong to family groups. Their investment in strategic alliances and high-impact programs contribute to a multitude of challenges, and successes, in the region. These businesses generate jobs and play a major role in creating opportunities for development and growth. This panel will discuss the role and leverage points that family businesses have in the region through their collaborative corporate initiatives, nonprofit organizations, volunteering, and networks for social impact.


Moderator: Mireya Cisneros, Co-founder, Unidos en Red | @Unidosenred

Panelists: Javier Elguea, Director of Education and Productive Skills, The Carlos Slim Foundation | @Fund_CarlosSlim

Carlos Alberto Escotet, CEO, Banesco, S.A. | @BanescoPanama

Darko Zuazo B., Chairman, Banco Mercantil Santa Cruz S.A. | @MercantilBanco




Session 2: Strategic Partnerships to End Child Marriage 

ModeratorPerla Vazquez, Project Manager, Central America and Mexico Youth (CAMY) Fund | @CAMYFund

Panelists: Dr. Ramatu Bangura, Program Officer, Initiative to Advance Adolescent Girls’ Rights, NoVo Foundation | @ramatuforgirls, @NoVoFoundation

Neus Bernabeu, Gender and Youth Technical Regional Advisor, Latin America and the Caribbean, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) | @unfpa_lac

Emma Puig de la Bella Casa, Head of Gender Transformative Programming and Influencing, Plan International | @PlanAmericas

Joseline Esteffanía Velásquez Morales, Project Leader, Policy Advocacy, Association GOJoven Guatemala | @JoselineVel, @GOJovenGt




Session 3: Speed and Scale: Transforming Agricultural Partnerships for Environmental, Social and Economic Sustainability in Central America

Mesoamerica is a promising frontier for oil palm expansion as suitable land in Asia becomes increasingly limited and global demand for palm oil grows. Industry, producers, governments, and civil society who depend on agricultural commodities must play a critical role in ensuring the economic, social and environmental sustainability of traditionally mono-cultures crops. Bringing together diverse perspectives, this panel will explore how innovate partnership models can transform palm and other sectors by accelerating the uptake of best practices, create unprecedented engagement in private-sector sustainability initiatives, close certification gaps, and bring innovation and improved visibility to Central American farmers, communities and industry.


ModeratorOmar Palacios, Honduras Country Manager, Solidaridad Network – Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean @Solidaridadnetw

Panelists: Marco Tulio Figueroa Romero, General Manager, Technical Services, MATUFIRO

Andreas Lehnhoff, Director, World Wildlife Fund – Guatemala and Mesoamerica | @WWF_MAR

Jurriaan Middelhoff, Deputy-Ambassador and Counselor for Economic Affairs, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Panamá | @jurriaanm, @NLinPanama

Bernhard Roehrs, Corporate Director, Agroamérica | @agroamerica



3:00pm - 3:30pm
Coffee Break
3:30pm - 4:00pm
Partnership Spotlight

Fast pitch-style presentations on successful and promising partnerships by:

  • Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) – MIT | @JPAL_LAC
  • Building Goodness Foundation | @BGFCville
  • CRUSA Foundation | @FundaCRUSA
  • International Youth Foundation | @IYFtweets
  • The Fund for Global Human Rights | @FundHumanRights
  • Trócaire | @trocaire
  • Unidos en Red | @Unidosenred
  • World Vision Guatemala | @WorldVision



4:00pm - 5:00pm
Plenary Session | Transnational Problems, Transnational Solutions. CAMMINA Towards an Effective Regional Collaboration for Migration

The Central America and Mexico Migration Alliance (CAMMINA) is a philanthropic partnership formed by Fundación Avina, Ford Foundation and Open Society Foundations, to advance public policies that promote the rights of migrants by reforming the systems that regulate migration, access to justice and labor. Within the framework of the Central America Donors Forum (CADF), it is calling other donors and stakeholders to join efforts to intensify the response to the urgent need to protect migrant rights and maximize the positive effects of migration.

The grave situation that migrants face in the region results from a highly complex dynamic that requires sustainable changes that not only benefit migrant, refugee and asylum-seeking populations, but also promote development through political and institutional reforms. Based on the premise that transnational problems require transnational solutions, the region needs a regional approach beyond exclusively national or local responses.

Recent changes in migration policy in the Americas require a concerted effort to take a fresh approach to the problems, gaps and opportunities, and calls for all actors and donors to work together, align efforts, and build strategies that are more effective. CAMMINA aims to cease the moment in this turbulent time by building bridges for collaboration that connect the entire migration corridor, and that will boost the impact in favor of migrants, refugees, asylum-seekers, displaced people, and communities of the region.


Moderator: Edith Zavala, Executive Director, Central America and Mexico Migration Alliance (CAMMINA) | @Alianza_CAMMINA

Panelists: Ana Luisa Liguori, Program Officer, Investigative Journalism, Ford Foundation – Office for  Mexico and Central America  | @FordFoundation

Cynthia Loría Picado, Head of Strategy in Guatemala and Director for Regional Migration Program, Avina Foundation | @CynthiaLoria, @FundacionAVINA

Karen Estefany Serrano, Nurse, Participant in Migrant Reintegration Pilot Program in El Salvador

Maria Teresa Rojas, Director of Programs, Open Society International Migration Initiative | OpenSociety



5:00pm - 5:30pm

Join us for drinks and hors d’oeuvres at the Sheraton.



5:30pm - 6:00pm
Performance | Between the lines: Violence Against Children in Central America

Youth from Fundación Espacio Creativo will present a contemporary dance performance on the effects of violence and migration on children and adolescents. Fundación Espacio Creativo’s with children living in marginalized communities in Panama City’s El Chorrillo district through their Enlace Program.

Through this dance, participants will reflect on the daily reality that thousands of children in the region face, one that leads them to abandon their homes in search of a life free from the violence in their communities, schools and family. Official data backed by the International Organization for Migration and the United Nations Development Program in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras shows that, in 2016 alone, over 2,500 children were killed, and more than 34,000 migrant children were deported back to their home countries.

Performance will take place at the Sheraton. Performance and reception hosted by CAMMINA, SIF and UNICEF.



7:00pm - 9:00pm
Networking Opportunity | Dinner in Panama City

Enjoy dinner at Cabana in Panama City.

  • Shuttle departs Sheraton at 6:45pm.
  • RSVP and payment required for this additional networking opportunity. Please reference the networking email to register. 


12:00pm - 2:00pm
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Pre-Forum Briefing | Rule of Law, Security, and Economic Development in the Northern Triangle: Assessing Assistance and Evaluating Progress

In 2014, the Northern Triangle governments developed a multi-year strategy to address the underlying conditions driving outward migration. The U.S. and other donors responded with robust foreign assistance packages, which provide a unique opportunity for donors, policymakers, civil society, and the private sector to better coordinate around much needed reforms. The panel will evaluate major advances and challenges concerning the rule of law, transparency, violence, and widespread poverty. It will highlight the importance of oversight and present the Central America Monitor, an innovative tool to track foreign assistance and evaluate progress on the ground through measurable indicators.

Briefing includes presentations on the Washington Office on Latin America’s Central America Monitor, World Justice Project’s Central America Rule of Law Index, and more to be confirmed.


SpeakersArturo Aguilar, Political Advisor to the CICIG Commissioner, International Commission Against Impunity (CICIG) | @CICIGgt

Adriana Beltrán, Senior Associate for Citizen Security,  Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) | @Adriana_WOLA, @WOLA_org

Dr. Juan Carlos Botero, Executive Director, World Justice Project (WJP) | @JuanCarlosWJP, @TheWJP

Carlos Flores, Migrant Children Program Coordinator, Casa Alianza Honduras | @CasaAlianzaHN

Don Jacobson, Director for Central American Affairs, U.S. Department of State | @WHASpeaks

Eric Olson, Deputy Director, Latin American Program, Wilson Center | @Eric_Latam, @LATAMProg

Lissette Vásquez, Executive Director, Myrna Mack Foundation – Guatemala | @fundamyrnamack



4:30pm - 6:00pm
Networking Opportunity | Explore Social Impact in Casco Viejo

Meet Calicanto Foundation CAPTA Fellows. CAPTA is a 5 week program that reinforces leadership, self-esteem, ethics, and conflict management, along with 24 other modules. It teaches CAPTA women to change their lives and end cycles of violence and abuse. Calicanto Foundation works with 5 groups a year, comprised of 20-30 women, 18 years and older. In their final two weeks of the program, women intern at different Panamanian hotels.

See flyer for details.

  • Meet in lobby at 4:00 for shuttle to Casco Viejo.
  • RSVP required for this additional networking opportunity. Please reference the networking email to register. 
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Welcome Reception

Join us for wine and hors d’oeuvres at the American Trade Hotel.

Remarks by Stanley Motta, Chairman of Copa Holding and CADF Host Committee Co-chair.

  • Return shuttle service provided from the American Trade Hotel to the Sheraton at 7:30pm.
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Networking Opportunity | Dinner in Casco Viejo

Enjoy dinner at Capital Bistró in Panama City’s Casco Viejo.

  • RSVP and payment required for this additional networking opportunity. Please reference the networking email to register. 


9:00pm - 11:00pm
Evening Networking Opportunity | Danilo’s Jazz Club

Central America Donors Forum participants have the opportunity to experience Grammy-winning Panamanian jazz pianist and composer Danilo Perez’s lively lounge and bar.

  • RSVP and payment required for this additional networking opportunity. Please reference the networking email to register.


Wednesday, October 25


12:00pm – 2:00pm Registration

2:00pm – 4:00pm Pre-forum Briefing on the Northern Triangle

4:30pm – 9:00pm Networking Activities (optional)

Thursday, October 26


7:00am – 8:30am Registration

7:15am – 8:30am Breakfast Briefing

8:30 – 8:35 National Anthem

8:35am – 9:00am Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:00am – 10:00am Opening Plenary: Philanthropy

10:00am – 10:30am Plenary Conversation

10:30am – 11:00am Coffee Break

11:00am – 12:00pm Concurrent Sessions: Philanthropy | Youth | Environment

12:00pm – 1:30pm Networking Lunch

1:30pm – 2:00pm Plenary Conversation

2:00pm – 3:00pm Concurrent Sessions: Philanthropy | Youth | Environment

3:00pm – 3:30pm Coffee Break

3:30pm – 4:00pm Partnership Spotlight

4:00pm – 5:00pm Plenary Session: Migration

5:00pm – 5:30pm Opening Reception

5:30pm – 6:00pm Performance

7:00pm – 9:00pm Networking Dinner (optional)

Friday, October 27


7:00am – 8:30am Registration

7:30am – 8:30am Breakfast Briefing

8:30am – 8:40am Opening Remarks

8:40am – 9:00am Plenary Presentations

9:00am – 10:00am Plenary Session: Prosperity and Security

10:00am – 10:30am Plenary Conversation

10:30am – 11:00am Coffee Break

11:00am – 12:00pm Concurrent Sessions: Education | Health| CSR

12:00pm – 1:30pm Networking Lunch

1:30pm – 2:30pm Concurrent Sessions: Education | Health| CSR

2:30pm – 2:45pm Coffee Break

2:45pm – 3:30pm Plenary Conversation

3:30pm – 4:30pm Closing Plenary: State of the Region

4:30pm – 4:45pm Closing Remarks

7:00pm – 9:00pm Closing Reception