The Great Lakes region in Africa includes Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Rwanda. The lake countries face low incomes, high corruption, and little economic freedom. An Atlas Network partner, the Centre for Development and Enterprises (CDE) Great Lakes, is pursuing serious change in the region.
More than one million Costa Ricans — almost 20 percent of the country’s population — live in poverty while almost ten thousand receive “luxury pensions.” According to Atlas Network partner Instituto de Desarrollo Empresarial y Accion Social (the Institute of Business Development and Social Action, or IDEAS), a group of pensioners dubbed “Ticos Con Coronas” (Costa Ricans with Crowns) receive an average monthly pension of $4,495 USD, with some receiving more than $24,000 USD per month.
Transparency is key to establishing trust between voters and elected officials. In 2014, the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union (NZTU), an Atlas Network partner that represents the interests of New Zealand taxpayers, launched the Bribe-O-Meter.
The 6th ALS Friedman Conference was attended by a record-breaking 380+ people, retaining its title as Australia’s largest gathering of liberty oriented individuals. Attendees enjoy a range of speakers, panels, and VIP events, the 2018 Friedman Conference remains an event not to be missed for the Australian liberty movement.
Claims that increases in wealth benefit only those at the top and have a negligible impact on the lower rungs of the economic ladder are driving the discussion on inequality. However, a recent study by the Danish Center for Political Studies (CEPOS) shows that this position is partly the result of a faulty framework.
Dr. Roberto Salinas León will serve as the first director of a new Center for Latin American Policy Analysis at Atlas Network, to be formally launched in November 2018. The announcement came at the beginning of this year’s Latin America Liberty Forum held in Santiago, Chile, being jointly hosted by Atlas Network and Fundación para el Progreso.
Neither populism nor paternalism have to be in Europe’s future. 4liberty.eu has published the eighth issue of its biannual journal, 4liberty.eu Review — titled “Freedom, It’s Personal” — to aid in reversing these trends. 4liberty.eu is a network of 15 think tanks from Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries, and the 4liberty.eu website is a platform where intellectuals and experts advance liberty, free markets, the rule of law, and property rights. Members of the network promote classical liberalism in Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania, Ukraine, and Georgia.
Although Brazil emerged from its recession in 2017, corruption and cronyism still trouble the nation. Government monopolies are large, provide low quality services, and create barriers to entry that discourage competition. To combat these trends, Students For Liberty Brasil (SFLB) have designed, planned, and executed a series of state conferences that promote liberty and train future leaders around the country.
Encouraging a culture of philanthropy toward free market think tanks is a common challenge among many organizations in Latin America. Before the start of this year’s Latin America Liberty Forum in Santiago, Chile, 23 think tank professionals from 14 countries gathered for a specialized training in fundraising, hosted by Atlas Network’s Leadership Academy to tackle this issue. Facilitated by former Atlas Network staff member, Gonzalo Schwarz, now the president and executive director of Archbridge Institute, the training included sessions on planning and strategy, international fundraising, best-practices for developing individual donors, and interactive sessions where participants develop and present their own plans.
Latin America Liberty Forum, held from June 14-15, 2018 in Santiago, Chile, and sponsored by Atlas Network with Fundación para el Progreso (FPP), is a gathering of the best and the brightest in Latin America to discuss and exchange ideas that promote liberty and free-market reforms in the region. Major sponsorship generously provided by the John Templeton Foundation.
The Smith Fellowship, one of the many programs of Atlas Network’s Leadership Academy, brings up-and-coming leaders from around the world to Washington D.C., where they receive varied training in marketing, fundraising, management, and other relevant skills. A recent alumnus of the Smith Fellowship, Petar Čekerevac, is executive manager of Libertarian Club Libek, a partner organization based in Belgrade, Serbia. He won the 2017 Think Tank Shark Tank – Europe competition, and he recently completed Atlas Network’s Smith Fellowship in May 2018.
Latin America’s Think Tank Shark Tank is a regional competition aimed at supporting innovation in the promotion of liberty. Three professionals pitch their programs to a panel of judges, in a showcase of some of the region’s most exciting new liberty advancing projects. The winner will receive $10,000 to support their pitch project.
At the conclusion of Atlas Network’s 2018 Europe Liberty Forum in Copenhagen, 18 U.S. and European think tank CEOs spent two days refining their respective organizations’ approaches to advancing the ideas of liberty during the fourth annual Transatlantic CEO Summit. The Summit has become one of the most transformational experiences for some of the think tank network’s top talent.
Europe Liberty Forum 2018, presented by Atlas Network with local co-host the Center for Political Studies (CEPOS) and held in Copenhagen, Denmark, brought more than 150 think tank professionals from 35 countries across the region to discuss recent successes they’ve had and current challenges facing the continent. The conference examined Scandinavian liberalism, the continued trend to populism on the political left and right on the continent, and how collaboration amongst think tanks in the United States and Europe has strengthened the work of organizations working to advance free societies on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Here are some of the highlights:
The winner of the Europe Think Tank Shark Tank competition is Ratko Nikolić – president of the Center for Anti-Authoritarian Studies – for his organization’s proposed Selfie Citizen Journalism project to train and develop 20 citizen journalists to report on corruption, cronyism, and civil liberties infringement. These journalists, trained in ethics and classical liberalism, will provide an alternative to the current distrust in the mainstream media in Serbia that has been further exacerbated by the tight government media control and crackdowns on independent journalists. Over 250,000 Serbians – or 1 in every 12 Facebook users in the country – will be reached by their content.
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