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INTRODUCTION. 

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The main objective of this project is to achieve the empowerment of civil society organizations to guarantee their full participation and assume responsibilities in the spaces that guide the local development process. and the construction of full citizenship. Based on new skills such as the use of social networks, the identification and training of change agents (natural social leaders), as well as conflict management. The work is aimed at transforming the practices of understanding and application of democratic rules and citizen participation in the communities. Along these lines, it offers tools so that the beneficiaries incorporate the issues and problems of social reality into their activism, with an approach that values ​​diversity and promotes equal rights for all citizens. It is intended primarily for Latin America, with special emphasis on Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.

 

BACKGROUND

  • Political Participation

Independent governors and mayors are already legion in practically all Latin American republics, causing an unintelligible atomization of the representation of political life, which manifests the decline of a facet of representative democracy based (until now) on parties. It is about a “presidentialization of political systems and electoral campaigns”, increasingly focused on the personality of the candidate and not on the machinery of the parties, consequently eroding the institutionalization of politics (the contest is about independent individuals with their own ideas and programs rather than parties with structures, ideologies and teams). Thus, the data from the latest report by the Latinobarómetro Corporation is incontestable: public opinion’s trust in parties is the lowest (15%) of all the political institutions asked about. The risks of this situation are high, because in a very short time the politics of Latin America could be pregnant with outsiders, caudillos, unscrupulous rich men or populists with incendiary speeches. Recovering the institutionality of political representation (returning trust in political parties) will be one of the great tasks to be faced by the Latin American political class.

The irruption of the Protestant churches: Latin America continues to be predominantly Catholic. But the data reveals a growth of both secularism and Protestantism in the last quarter century. A reality that has translated into a greater public presence and more political weight. Thus, for example, Guatemala already has an evangelical president, Jimmy Morales. And in Costa Rica, the evangelist Fabricio Alvarado came out on top in the second electoral round. Similarly, in Brazil Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil. And in Colombia there were two electoral lists identified with evangelical Christian groups: the Mira Movement and Justa Libres.

  • Insecurity and Inequality

Latin America has 8% of the world’s population but accounts for 33% of the murders in the world. These figures show a terrible reality: Latin America continues to be the most violent and unequal region on the planet, although many countries have reduced poverty in economic terms during the last decade. As recently denounced by the organization InspirAction/Christian Aid, in the entire region the per capita income of the richest 10% is 14 times more than that of the poorest 40% of the population. Inequalities in many areas. 45 million indigenous people and 150 million people of African descent represent more than 30% of the population of Latin America, but they are the population with the least income and the fewest opportunities to access education and public services. For their part, women monopolize a large part of informal work, and suffer from the scourge of gender violence, to such an extent that Latin America is one of the most violent regions in the world. Suffice it to remember that of the five most dangerous countries for women in the world, four are in the region, with El Salvador being the country with the highest rate of homicides of women on the planet.

  • Environment

“Overexploitation and unsustainable use of natural resources; air, land and water pollution; increase in the number of invasive alien species and climate change, are, among others, the causes of the degradation, reduction and loss of biodiversity in America America”, according to reports from the Intergovernmental Scientific-Policy Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). About 35% of the world’s mammals, 35% of the world’s reptiles, 41% of the birds and 51% of the amphibians live in the Americas, but they face increasing threats

 

Proposal

 

 Based on these principles, the proposal of the Foundation NewGeneration is to create an electronic thematic magazine with the use of new technologies. The Magazine (which already works) will be named NewGenerationNews, which alludes to the need to build a new generation of Latin Americans who understand and apply the communication and governance tools of the modern world. Enabling debate is the priority in order to build fairer and more prepared societies.

 

The Magazine would have a focus on human rights, on social debate and on the claims of different human groups, historically marginalized. With special attention to Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua and the lack of freedoms that characterize these countries. 

It would make a difference in the use of new technologies, development of electronic applications for handling different issues (from complaints to debates). Create a Digital TV using social networks with attractive programs for youth and where they will be the center of attention. This TV would use the Facebook and YouTube platforms and will manage to unite these three nations.

 

Objectives

  • Present and analyze the best practices in democratic governance according to international experience and the particularities of the countries in question.
  • Explore opportunities to establish alliances with organizations and initiatives which could replicate our voices.
  • Identify possible agents of change in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.
  • Create public campaigns to educate society about the human rights violations that occur in the region, with greater emphasis on the Cuba-Venezuela-Nicaragua trinomial.
  • Report human rights violations in Cuba to European institutions and European governments.
  • able to expand the reach of the NewGenerationNews with contents and topics of interest for the region and for Latin Americans in Europe.

Methodology

 

Within the framework of NEWGENERATION , knowledge transfer, exchange and management activities in Latin America and the Caribbean are considered to be developed around different Thematic Knowledge Communities (CTC). The Democratic Governance CTC is the one that involves a greater number of issues and institutions. Structured around 3 areas:

  1. Democratic Quality
  2. Management of the Public Sector and Public Policies for Social Cohesion
  3. Rule of Law and Human Rights.

Based on this, the work would be designed in the study and proposal of legal, judicial and participation mechanisms of civil society to achieve full participation to achieve the interests of citizens. For this, we would work with the agents of change identified in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, mainly with young people.

 

magazine NewGenerationNews was founded in May 2018 with the aim of being the main information medium in Spanish in the Netherlands, then it spread to Latin America.

The magazine defends the idea of ​​”democratization of the media”, mainly focused on democracy, activism, human rights and the experience of democratic governance in other regions of the planet. The contents are currently being developed with their own editors, but the intention is to invite independent journalists to contribute to the magazine.

It is aimed at Spanish speakers, especially the social segment from 18 to 35 years old. Any reader can comment and get in touch with the editorial staff through a contact form. Until now, the figures for daily visits are around 3K, it is expected to reach and maintain the figure of 5K daily. The writing format is “free”, opinion articles, studies, research and news are admitted.