Avina is a learning organization that constantly looks to incorporate lessons learned in order to better adapt to the context in which it operates. As part of the formulation of its five-year plan for the period 2013-2017, Avina carried out an analysis of the social, economic, political and environmental trends in the world and the region.

A team brought their talents together and led us in a highly interactive and participatory review of multiple sources, including a survey of more than 40 external studies and 25 internal short papers and a number of interviews. The evaluation process began with basic questions such as: What are the main global trends that will impact Latin America in the near future? What are the regional trends? What are the scenarios we foresee for the next 10 years?

The team focused on four perspectives: economic growth, natural resources and human capital, sustainable development and public goods. Among the economic trends, we researched the changes in global economic tendencies and their impact on Latin America as well as economic shifts in the region, such as the dependence on export commodities and manufactured imports. The new geopolitics of natural resources merited special attention, including potential conflicts and their effect on power relationships, as well as regional alliances. We also took a long look at the validity and contribution of the concept of sustainable development, and its continued pertinence to public policy and decision-making. In terms of public goods, the analysis focused on the ability of society to create and maintain these goods.  The outcome of the debate between civil society, the business sector and government about what constitutes a public good and who is responsible for its provision will be critical to the ability of society to move forward toward sustainability.

The many insights and conclusions of this internal brainstorming among Avina’s teams in 15 Latin American countries served as a starting point for identifying priorities and impact opportunities in the region for Avina in the years ahead. For this 2012 Annual Report, we have summarized some of the key conclusions to share with readers in a very concise form: a) the current economic development model does not produce sustainability; b) local resources represent a unique opportunity for Latin America; c) sustainable development remains relevant, the conceptual framework that guides our efforts, and d) better public goods and services mean a better society. These are some of the key findings behind Avina’s 2013-2017 strategic plan.