May 26, 2020 Print

Atlas Network is excited to announce the finalists for the 2020 Latin America Liberty Award:

  • México Evalúa in Mexico City, Mexico for the Transparency Index of Corporate Governance
  • IDEAS Labs in San José, Costa Rica for the #TicosConCoronas campaign
  • Instituto de Estudios Empresariais in Porto Alegre Brazil for their work to turn the annual publication of Libertarian Thoughts into practical policy solutions in the state of Rio Grande do Sul.

The Latin America Liberty Award celebrates think tanks throughout the region whose work most successfully encourages prosperity and human flourishing. The winner will receive a $7,000 award, and each runner-up will receive $1,500. 

Tune into Latin America Liberty Forum Online Thursday, May 28, 2020 beginning at 1:45 for the live announcement of the winner!

México Evalúa: Transparency Index of Corporate Governance

Through the “Transparency Index of Corporate Governance” project, México Evalúa developed benchmarks for the transparency of current corporate governance structures for Mexican Petroleum (PEMEX) and the National Commission of Electricity (CFE), in comparison to international best practices established by the international Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

This measurement instrument, through highly sophisticated categories and variables, allowed México Evalúa to identify the presence or absence of corporate transparency practices in the management of these companies, measure each corporation’s level of quality, and issue concrete recommendations for improvement.

The Transparency Index has earned international recognition, and México Evalúa was ranked the top think tank for Energy Policy in Mexico and Latin America by the University of Pennsylvania’s 2019 Global Go To Think Tank Index. 

The Index is successfully fostering transparency in state-owned enterprises, benefiting economic freedom and development in Mexico.

IDEAS: #TicosConCorona

Through the “#TicosConCorona” project, IDEAS started a small campaign to raise awareness about the problem of luxury pensions, which, in some cases, amount to USD $14,000+ per month. With limited resources, IDEAS was able to position the luxury pensions problem as a top priority in the national debate, during the two rounds of the Presidential election process (February and April of 2018).

To change public policy, IDEAS Labs started by attempting to change public opinion. A massive public education initiative was disseminated throughout the country through op-eds, press releases, and news outlets, highlighting the economic ramifications as well as the immorality of some of these luxury pensions. 

The reach that IDEAS Labs was able to achieve was unprecedented, with tens of thousands of Costa Ricans signing a petition on Change.org calling for an end to the pensions. While the World Bank had been advocating for pension reform for decades with no success, IDEAS Labs made it a hot topic in less than 2 years. 

Thanks to the work of IDEAS Labs, 7 projects for eliminating or reducing luxury pensions have been presented to Congress by the 5 major political parties represented in Congress (PAC, PUSC, PLN, PRN, FA) and a public employment reform was presented by the Government.

During November of 2019, one of the projects was approved unanimously by the Legislature and was signed into law on December 5, 2019.

On January 8, 2020, the Costa Rican President, Carlos Alvarado, publicly announced that he renounced the luxury pension that he would receive, at the end of his mandate, in May 2022, as former President of the Republic. 

Instituto de Estudios Empresariais (IEE): Libertarian Thoughts

The Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies (IEE) launched the 23rd edition of their book, Liberatarian Thoughts, to guide the new governor of Rio Grande do Sul to a structured set of public policies that are feasible to implement. The book, which was launched at Forum da Liberdade, touched base on nine areas: infrastructure focusing on logistics and on sanitation, agribusiness, security, debureaucratization, innovation, energy and environment, education and fiscal balance. Each area of the book includes a diagnosis, a proposition of solutions to the problems encountered and practical examples, transforming this set in a complete research of public policy solutions, with the preservation of individual rights at the forefront. 

In addition to the distribution of the book to all participants of the event, the book is donated to schools, libraries, class entities, companies and many opinion leaders. In 2019, Libertarian Thoughts was digitized, making it available to everyone. 

Atlas Network’s Regional Liberty Awards are made possible by the generous support of the Templeton Religion Trust, which sponsors the Templeton Freedom Award prize program and other Atlas Network programming.