Annual IDB Group Forum – Civil Society | Paraguay

April 8th & 9th, 2019
Asuncion, Paraguay

General Description

The Annual Forum IDB Group-Civil Society “The Future of Work” will take place on April 8 and 9, 2019 in Asunción, Paraguay.

The registration has closed. We appreciate your interest on the Forum.

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During the forum, The Future of Work theme will be addressed from different perspectives, such as:

The Mega-Trends that will impact the future of work; the challenges of automatization and the need for new skills; the new labor relations and the opportunities of the on-demand economy; the opportunities from the collaborative-economy and the digital-transformation; the positive effects of diversity; the future of work for people with disabilities; the future of work and gender; looking for purpose in the new economy; the power of reinventing yourself.
The forum, like other years, will offer a training-workshop about the challenges and opportunities for better and more productive jobs for the people of Latin America and the Caribbean. It will have a knowledge-fair to have direct contact with each of the 26 countries that will be represented and, also, the new IDB-Civil Society Relationship Strategy will be presented giving an idea of how the IDB will interact with civil society.



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General Information

The XVIII Annual Meeting of the IDB Group will be held in the city of Asuncion, Paraguay, on April 8-9. Asuncion is the capital city of the Republic of Paraguay. It is an autonomous municipality located in the center-west part of the country’s eastern region. Its 524,190 inhabitants (2017 census data) make it the most populated city in the country. Founded in 1537, it is also one of the oldest cities in South America.


Hotel – Venue

The XVIII Annual Meeting of the IDB Group will be held at the Bourbon Convention Hotel.


Asuncion International Airport

Silvio Pettirossi International Airport is a short 3-minute ride from the Hotel.

Admission and Participation Fees

  1. The event is open to all civil society organizations (CSOs) from the 26 borrowing member countries of the IDB.
  2. Registration is required and free.
  3. The IDB Group will provide breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks and a cocktail on April 8-9, 2019 for all participants.


Asuncion is one of the warmest capitals due to its geographic location and the predominance of warm temperatures during most of the year. Spring and fall are transitional, unstable seasons, with big temperature differences that range from cool to hot and even some severe thunderstorms. In April, the average temperature is about 68-77º F / 20-25º C.

Language and Interpretation Services

Spanish is the most common language in Asuncion. A large percentage of the population also speaks Guarani.

The event will offer interpretation from English to Spanish and vice versa during all sessions, except the knowledge fair and the cocktail party.


Guarani (pl. guaranies) is the official currency of Paraguay. For exchange rates, visit

Green Event

The XVIII Meeting of IDB-Civil Society is a green event. Most of the information will be shared via dedicated screens. We encourage all participants to print as little material as possible. During registration, participants will receive an information kit.

Time Zone

The official time in Paraguay is GMT-4. To check the exact local time, visit


Participants are solely responsible for their personal belongings, equipment and devices.

We recommend taking all necessary precautions to protect them and ensure your personal safety. For example, keep documents and valuables in the safe box of your hotel room, avoid leaving cameras and other such items in plain sight, and only use transportation that is properly identified or recommended.

Travel and Health Insurance

Participants are responsible for obtaining medical and/or travel insurance covering theft or personal accidents.

We strongly suggest getting travel insurance.

The IDB is not responsible for medical or travel insurance covering theft or accidents before, during or after the event.


Transportation to/from the airport and to activities not included in the event is the responsibility of each participant.

We recommend using taxis from the official companies operating at the airport or hotel services.

Dress Code

We recommend wearing business casual attire during the event. Remember that temperature inside conference rooms may vary.


Depending on their citizenship, attendees may require a visa to enter the country. However, most Latin American countries have visa waiver agreements. For a list of passports requiring a visa, visit

Please write to or call +595 21 414 8771 for any questions regarding visa requirements for Paraguay. For further information, visit

Obtaining a visa may take longer than expected, so we strongly suggest filing your visa application as soon as possible. The IDB is not responsible for and does not cover visa-related expenses.

Vaccination Requirements

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travelers from yellow fever-affected countries. For further information, visit

Photo & Video Disclaimer

There will be photography and recording at the event. By entering its premises, you consent to future use by the IDB Group and waive all rights you may have in connection with their use.

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April 8

7:30 am - 12:00 pm


9:15 am - 9:45 am

Opening Ceremony

Maria Florencia Attademo-Hirt, IDB Representative in Paraguay

Humberto Colmán, Vice Minister of Economy and IDB Alternate Governor for Paraguay

9:45 am - 10:30 am

Ideas that Enlighten: Trends and Impacts of the Demographic and Technological Changes.

  • The Mega-trends that will Impact the Future of WorkMarcelo Cabrol, Social Sector Manager, IDB
  • Technological Changes: Challenges and Opportunities for CSOsMario Roset, Cofounder & CEO, Civic House
  • Labor Market Changes and their Impact on Social EnterprisesMarta del Castillo, Executive Director, Koga

10:30 am - 10:45 am

Coffee Break

10:45 am - 11:00 am

Interactive Exchange

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Opportunities of the Sharing Economy and the Digital Transformation in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Carmen Pagés-Serra, Labor Markets and Social Security Division Chief, IDB


  • Sebastián Siseles, Vice President, International,
  • Ricardo Weder, President, Cabify

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm


12:15 am - 1:45 pm


1:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Interactive Exchange

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Citizen Participation and Labor Market Transformations: Economic Opportunities from Latin America and the Caribbean's Population Aging

Patricia JaraSocial Protection and Health Division Lead Specialist, IDB

02:15 pm - 2:30 pm

The Future of Work: The IDB's role and its Engagement with Civil Society

Alexandre Meira da Rosa, Vice President for Countries, IDB

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Innovating in tandem: Civil Society + IDB Group

Yves Lesenfants, Sr. Specialist, IDB Lab

02:45 pm - 5:30 pm

135 minutes, 26 countries, 1 place.

05:00 pm - 7:00 pm



April 9

8:00 am - 8:45 am

Networking Space Available

8:45 am - 10:45 am

Workshop (Part 1): How to Transform the Challenges of the Future of Work into Opportunities for People?

General Coordination: Patricio Nelson, Ingouville, Nelson & Asoc.

10:45 am - 11:00 am

Coffee Break

11:00 am – 1:15 pm

Workshop (Part 2): Civil Society Solutions for the Future of Work.

  • Patricio Nelson, Ingouville, Nelson & Asoc.
  • Manuel Urquidi, Labor Markets and Social Security Lead Specialist, IDB

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm


2:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Knowledge for the Future of Work

Federico Basañes, Knowledge, Innovation and Communications Sector Manager, IDB

2:45 pm - 3:30 pm

The Future of Inclusive Work

María Delina Otazú SalazarCivil Society Liaison, Bolivia Country Office, IDB


  • Manuel Urquidi, Labor Markets and Social Security Lead Specialist, IDB
  • Juan Pablo Salazar, Arcángeles Foundation and Social Sector Consultant, IDB
  • Germán Barragán, Education and Employment Manager, Corona Foundation

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Coffee Break

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Interactive Exchange

4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Preparing Everyone for the Future of Work

  • Héctor Mujica, Regional Manager,
  • Soledad Acuña, Cofounder & Operations Director, ComIT
  • Ana María Martínez,Partner & CMO, Laboratoria

5:15 pm - 5:45 pm

The Region Changed. How will we Engage with Each Other in the Future?

Flavia Milano, Operations/Civil Society Sr. Specialist, Vice Presidency for Countries, IDB

5:45 pm - 7:30 pm

Cultural Event and Closing Cocktail Reception


Speakers | April 8th

María Florencia Attademo-Hirt

Representative in Paraguay


Humberto Colmán Castillo

Vice Minister of Economy and IDB Alternate Governor for Paraguay


Marcelo Cabrol

Social Sector Manager


Mario Roset

Cofounder & CEO

Civic House

Marta del Castillo

Executive Director


Carmen Pagés-Serra

Labor Markets and Social Security Division Chief


Sebastián Siseles

Vice President, International

Ricardo Weder



Patricia Jara

Social Protection and Health Division Lead Specialist


Alexandre Meira da Rosa

Vice President for Countries,


Yves Lesenfants

Sr. Specialist


Speakers | April 9th

Patricio Nelson


Nelson & Asoc.

Federico Basañes

Knowledge, Innovation and Communications Sector Manager


Manuel Urquidi

Labor Markets and Social Security Lead Specialist


María Delina Otazú Salazar

Civil Society Liaison, Bolivia Country Office


Juan Pablo Salazar

Arcángeles Foundation and Social Sector Consultant


Germán Barragán

Education and Employment Manager

Corona Foundation

Héctor Mujica

Regional Manager

Soledad Acuña

Cofounder & Operations Director


Ana María Martínez

Partner & CMO


Flavia Milano

Operations/Civil Society Sr. Specialist

Vice Presidency for Countries, IDB