Atlas Network’S
Center for Latin America

Atlas Network’s new Center for Latin America works with local civil society organizations across the region to solve complex issues from the bottom up. Together we can build an inclusive prosperity and a future of freedom in Latin America.

FEATURED STORIES

FUNDACIÓN ELÉUTERA WINS 2019 LATIN AMERICA LIBERTY AWARD

Fundación Eléutera has won the 2019 Latin America Liberty Award for their work to strengthen the rule of law in Honduras through reforms to the nation’s tax code. The $7,000 prize is generously sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation and Templeton Religion Trust and is part of Atlas Network's suite of Regional Liberty Awards....

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ESTUDIANTES POR LA LIBERTAD WINS 2019 LATIN AMERICA STUDENT OUTREACH AWARD

Estudiantes por la Libertad has been awarded the 2019 Award for Student Outreach in Latin America for hosting its inaugural Latin America LibertyCon which provided hundreds of young people from Central and South America intensive education about the power of free markets and the damaging results of big-government policies and eq...

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ECONOMIC FREEDOM AUDIT CASE STUDIES: VENEZUELA

Venezuela was once the most prosperous country in Latin America. Much of this was due to economic freedom. In fact, in 1970 Venezuela had the highest level of economic freedom in Latin America, and 10th in the world, as ranked by the Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) Index. The prosperity, however, led to il...

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PRO-MARKETS OR PRO-BUSINESS?

The question “should businessmen/women be pro-market or pro-business?” seems silly at best and confusing at worst. Yet, it is at the heart of a crucial public debate concerning the prospects of free markets and an open society—particularly in Latin American countries, where political authoritarianism and the myth of economic cen...

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VENEZUELA'S CONTINUING NIGHTMARE

The headlines paint a grim picture of Venezuela. Rule of law is virtually absent; private businesses are routinely seized; hyperinflation cripples everyday commerce; and so many people are fleeing the country that it has created Latin America’s largest exodus ever. But there are a pair of Atlas Network partners still standing fo...

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AMLO—IS MEXICO HEADED BACK TOWARD THE ROAD TO SERFDOM?

On Dec. 1, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, better known as AMLO, will become the next President of Mexico for the six-year term of 2018-2024. His stunning victory represents a watershed moment in the nation’s transition to a modern democracy. AMLO won with almost 53 percent of the popular vote; and his party, Morena, was able to ca...

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ABOUT THE CENTER

Atlas Network’s Center for Latin America promotes peace, justice and opportunity to all in a region in the midst of volatile change. We strengthen and leverage a partner network of more than 80 independent civil society organizations based in the countries of Latin America. These partners are ideally positioned to develop and implement "home-grown solutions" to poverty and other public policy challenges.

The Center for Latin America's partners share a general worldview that societies flourish when individual liberty is protected, the rule of law is well understood, and governments' powers are limited. In such societies, individuals use their talents to respond to needs of their fellow citizens as revealed by the market order, rather than chasing privileges granted by political class that is often marked by cronyism and corruption.

Building on nearly four-decades of investment by Atlas Network in the region, the Center for Latin America provides its partners with world-class training and mentoring; with grant competitions for project funding; and with networking opportunities that foster peer-to-peer learning and collaboration.

Dr. Roberto Salinas León Launched in November 2018, the Center is directed by Dr. Roberto Salinas León, who also heads the Mexico Business Forum and the Alamos Alliance, while also serving as Senior Policy Advisor to TV Azteca and Grupo Salinas, in Mexico.

Under the leadership of Dr. Roberto Salinas León, and with the full support of all Atlas Network staff, the Center for Latin America team includes:

Gonzalo Schwarz
Latin American Fellow

Gonzalo Schwarz Growing up around the world in Uruguay, Israel, Ecuador, and Bolivia, Gonzalo saw poverty firsthand and wondered how to get individuals on the path to prosperity. After earning his bachelor’s degree in economics at the Catholic University of Bolivia and his master’s in economics from George Mason University, he began his life’s work of reducing poverty. This led Gonzalo to found the Archbridge Institute, an organization dedicated to removing the barriers that prevent individuals across the globe from bettering their lives.

While forming the idea to start the Archbridge Institute, Gonzalo Schwarz was working as the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Atlas Network. During his six years at Atlas, he managed key projects including the Leveraging Indices for Free Enterprise Reform program, the Templeton Freedom Award, the Latin American program, and the Sound Money Project. He also participated as an instructor in various Atlas Network training programs such as the Think Tank MBA and the Think Tank Leadership Training, focusing on outcome measurement and best practices.

In his free time, Gonzalo loves to spend time with his two kids, read, and watch his favorite fútbol (the appropriate name for soccer) team Juventus play.

Antonella Marty
Associate Director

Antonella Marty Antonella Marty is from Rosario, Argentina. Antonella works at the Argentinian Parliament as a public policy advisor and she is the Director at the Center for Latin American Studies at Fundación Libertad (Argentina). Antonella received her bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Universidad Abierta Interamericana (Argentina) and she is finishing her master’s degree in Public Policies from the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (Argentina). She has worked as an intern at the Cato Institute, The IFEF and Cedice Libertad. Antonella became the first Regional Director for Argentina and also for countries like Chile when Students for Liberty was in its beginnings. She also became a member of the Executive Board for Eslibertad. Antonella published her first book The Intellectual Populist Dictatorship (2015) with Unión Editorial, and her second book What Every Revolutionary of The 21st Century Should Know (2018). 

The result of the Center's work will be greater opportunities and rising living standards for everyone in Latin America. By helping our partners in their pursuit of achievable policy reforms change, as well as a long-term renewal of appreciation for the principles of classical liberalism, we can together build an inclusive prosperity that will usher in a period of peace and justice for all.

FOR PARTNERS

GRANTS

From general support to special project funding. Atlas Network offers its partners in Latin American a range of strategic opportunities on a competitive basis.

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AWARDS

In recognition of excellence and special achievements, Atlas Network identifies and rewards the very best in its Latin America network through a variety of awards and prizes.

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TRAININGS

Atlas Network provides digital and in-person training to take the leadership in the Latin American freedom movement to the next level.

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FAQS

Does the Center adhere to a particular ideology?

The Center for Latin America collaborates with partners that understand how individual rights, limited government under the rule of law, and free markets tend to create prosperity and improve the prospects for peace. The Center calls for an end to cronyism, corruption, and political privileges of all kinds, and looks forward to working with all people of goodwill who share this vision. In this way, the Center adheres to a set of principles, but not to a narrowly-defined ideology or political orientation.

Does the Center get involved in politics?

No. The Center for Latin America does not engage in partisan politics. Our focus is on building a long-term consensus around the principles that foster peace and prosperity, with the sincere hope that such a future will see ‘less at stake’ in individual elections, because all parties will be respectful of fundamental freedoms.

How can I inquire about having the Center’s Director, Roberto Salinas-Leon, speak for my organization?

The Center welcomes speaking invitations for our Director, Roberto Salinas-Leon. Please contact Antonella Marty with the details of your invitation. We must warn that Dr. Salinas needs to decline most of the invitations he receives, but we will give consideration to each request that is received. On occasion, Atlas Network may able to suggest one or more alternate speakers for your event should Dr. Salinas be unavailable.

How can I learn the Center’s position on particular policy issues?

The Center for Latin America serves a network of independent think tanks and civil society organizations that take their own positions on specific policy topics in specific countries. We are not a think tank ourselves, so we are not in the business of giving hot takes on the news of the day. On occasion, our team can assist media inquiries by providing references to experts associated with our partner organizations, but these individuals do not speak for the Center itself.

How do I get involved with the Center?

If you would like to learn more about the Center and meet those involved in its work, consider attending our upcoming Latin America Liberty Forum.

If you are working for a think tank or civil society group that would like to take part in training programs and grant competitions, the first step is to go through Atlas Network’s partner approval process

If you are a philanthropist wanting to learn about the Center’s work, please contact Antonella Marty. We would be happy to provide details that will help you make an informed decision about how gifts to the Center for Latin America may fulfill your philanthropic goals. Those who become Sponsors of the Center are invited to take part in our annual Día Logos retreat, which fosters camaraderie and collaboration among those with shared ambitions for building freer societies across the Americas.

If you are a member of the academy or the media, we welcome your inquiries about how you might contribute to a better understanding of the work of the Center and the achievements of our independent partners.

How is the Center funded?

The Center is not endowed and does not accept funding from any government. It relies entirely on the generosity of individuals and institutional donors that share its desire to create greater freedom and opportunity for the people of Latin America.

What are the Center’s top priorities at present?

Since the Center believes the best policy solutions come from the bottom-up, our strategy is to listen to our partners rather than direct them. The principle focus of our work is therefore in supporting (via training, grants, networking opportunities) our partners’ locally-grown solutions to poverty and other problems.

That said, we do bring together our Council of Ideas to identify areas of collaboration around big themes that resonate with many partners. Current themes include:

Improving understanding of the benefits of trade and the dangers of protectionism, so that political leaders will less inclined to indulge in demagoguery that could undermine beneficial trading relationships.
Rooting out corruption and political privileges that distort the economic playing field. Such work will help us clarify that enlightened political actors will be “pro-market” (since market competition produces innovation and lowers prices for consumers), not “pro-business” (a euphemism for helping existing businesses at the expense of competitors and consumers).
Using tools like the Doing Business report of the World Bank and the Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom of the World report to identify “low-hanging-fruit” reforms that can measurably increase economic freedom.

What does the Center for Latin America do?

The mission of the Center is to help achieve a lasting peace and inclusive prosperity in Latin America, providing justice and opportunity to all its citizens. Our strategy is to assist civil society organizations in the region to implement bottom-up projects that increase freedom.

This means we focus our attention on helping our partners by providing (1) training; (2) competitive grant opportunities; and (3) networking opportunities. Through our annual Latin America Liberty Forum and other events and public campaigns, we also bring public attention to the projects of our partners and the importance of their work.

What is the Center’s relationship to other organizations focused broadly on Latin America?

The Center aims to complement – and finds ways to collaborate with – other efforts to advance sound policy ideas in Latin America. Two organizations with long and friendly relationships with Atlas Network, which come immediately to mind are Fundación Internacional para la Libertad and Red Liberal de América Latina. We welcome inquiries about how we might work cooperatively with other organizations pursuing similar ends.