On October 30, 2013, IWCA Vice President Phyllis Johnson represented IWCA at the The II World Forum for Local Economic Development, which took place in Foz do Iquaçu, Parana State, Brazil. More than 4,000 participants representing 60 countries came to learn and share best practices on how to expand LED (Local Economic Development) in their countries. The main objective of the II World Forum was to advance the relation between the concept of territorial approach to development, the decentralization and deconcentration policies at national level, and the specific tools for integrating the three dimensions of Sustainable Human Development (SHD).
Phyllis Johnson took part in the October 30th panel discussions that provided examples of organizations showcasing their work on including women in the LED equation. Phyllis provided insight on IWCA’s work and the progress made by its chapter networks in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. She further explained how empowered women can be leaders that help build more stable local economies through a value system that involves community.
The panel also included:
- Ines Mendoza - International Cooperative Association, ACI Americas
- Moema Vieezer - Itaipu Binacional, Brazil
- Julis Esponosa Farjardo - Pablo de Olavide University, Sevilla, Spain
- Carmen de la Cruz - UNDP Gender Regional Practice Team Leader
To read more visit the World Forum for Local Economic Development website.