The second day of the World Forum on Local Economic Development was fully lived

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With master classes, plenary sessions and panels, the second day of the V World Forum on Local Economic Development. At 18:30 it will be time for the Entrepreneurs' Forum under the slogan "Keys for local economic development: the gaze of entrepreneurs."

After the opening and a successful first day of panels and plenaries, the second day of the V World Forum on Local Economic Development he was not far behind.

Today the following panels were developed:

  • Financial mechanisms for innovative ecosystems: the role of the social and solidarity economy and social finance in sustainable development and the future of work;
  • Innovative urban and territorial policies to address growing inequalities;
  • The territory as a basis for innovation and economic, social and environmental reactivation;
  • Women as “creators” of inclusive and sustainable local economies in times of crisis: territorial policies and solutions for empowerment;
  • Comprehensive and sustainable networks of companies, institutions and local strategies;
  • Infrastructures and public services: instruments for reactivation and territorial cohesion.

One of the strengths of this second day was the Master Class "The territory as a basis for innovation and economic, social and environmental reactivation" by Joan Subirats, Doctor in Economic Sciences, professor and researcher at the Institute of Government and Public Policies of the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

The master class revolved around the territory as something alive, which provokes dynamics between actors, which is a source of innovation and knowledge. Moderated by the specialized journalist Cecilia Pozzobón, the class made reference to how the health crisis requires activating all the capacities and links between actors to reactivate the economy, ensuring sustainability.

Joan Subirats indicated that "The state has a tendency to confuse equality with homogeneity. When the opposite of equality is inequality, and the opposite of homogeneity is diversity. In other words, the great values that were typical of the 20th century - freedom and equality - today need to be triangulated in a logic of personal autonomy, equality and diversity. The public administration faces the challenge when it comes to linking and responding to the demands for protection in the face of uncertainty, with logics that assume complexity, that accept difference and diversity. That is easier to do from the proximity than from the distance and there the territorial factor is very important”.

What's more, Subirats added that “Municipalism, for me, is a central issue. I see that it is a contemporary, modern, attractive response, to reflect current needs, generating value-added responses that put proximity as a quality factor in policies. This proximity is what makes it possible to work with more transversal logics, which relate policies to each other; with more hierarchical logics, that are closer to the specific needs of the people and that these people feel involved in the responses that have been thought and also that allows that recognition of diversity, that allows working together between equity and diversity”.

Another panel that can be highlighted is that of "Women as" creators "of inclusive and sustainable local economies in times of crisis: territorial policies and solutions for empowerment" in which the objective was to discuss the different territorial dimensions and implications of inequality and effective local policy options to counteract its effects.

The National Deputy Alejandra Vigo was one of the speakers of this panel and among her opinions she stated: “I believe that municipal and provincial budgets should be redirected with a gender perspective and with a social perspective. Today, more than ever, the pandemic has exacerbated work problems and the economic crisis is manifesting itself and has a hard impact on women. While governments think and discuss how to create new jobs, how to reactivate the economy and production, how to create new factories and industries for this reactivation, we must promote entrepreneurship in each family with the leadership of women, with access to financing, promoting the services and infrastructure for care in each neighborhood because they are all tools that reinforce the inclusion of women in the productive circuit”.

What's more, Vigo indicated that "The health emergency of COVID-19 impacted and impacts differently between women and men, deepening structural gender inequalities, evidencing the need to strengthen policies that address specific needs. The crisis manifested itself in the worsening of violence against women as the worst expression of the pandemic. The current context has increased this historical gender inequality in the distribution of domestic work and in what is unpaid care, causing a great overload in the productive tasks carried out by women”.

In the same panel was also present Veronica Magario, vice-governor of the province of Buenos Aires, who commented that “Both national and sub-national public policies are very important, as is the local organization of municipalities. In this, women have a practice of forming networks in the face of crises that is very important, because not only our tasks have to do with care but also with defense, with the search for opportunities and salary in all orders”.

The second day culminates with the First Business Forum, "Keys to local economic development: the gaze of businessmen", the objective of which is to create a space for entrepreneurs to express their vision and needs to promote economic development. It will be through Forum channel.

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