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Fernando Cortés McAllister

Fernando Cortés McAllister
Executive Director
Fundación Bolívar Davivienda

2018 was a year of growth for the Bolivar Davivienda Foundation. Development of talent in individuals, organizations and communities was evidenced in our programs excellent results. Partnerships with local and national governments, other entities and mass media were paramount for solving different social problems in Colombia.

Through our new Cultivarte program, we are greatly committed to give continuity and generate value to teaching children and young people, using free time properly, through recreational, cultural and artistic activities aimed at strengthening their abilities.

More than 900 organizations are active in the Aflora program to strengthen processes that generate greater capacities in social organizations, thus becoming potentially sustainable with a greater impact in the region in which they operate. Technology has become a great ally for Aflora, making it possible to reach national presence and project Aflora expansion at the international level. Through E-learning, social organizations have experienced a strengthening structured process where they can self-diagnose and gained important knowledge for their operation, supported by training materials certified by the best universities in Latin America. Moreover, in 2018, various benefits were channeled with the support of sector experts and volunteers, who made a valuable contribution to their organizational development.

Emprende País successfully conducted the national expansion process, starting in Bucaramanga and laying the foundations to take the program to other regions of Colombia and Central America.

The program continued to generate formal employment in cities such as Bogotá, Bucaramanga and Cali, benefiting 213 companies that recorded an average sales of $995,000 million.

During 2018, partnerships were significant; working with chambers of commerce, universities and media, reinforced the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Bogotá and other regions through programs such as: Redes de Ángeles Inversionistas (Networks of Angel Investors) and the program of acceleration of scientific undertakings, Oxelerator.

Through the Social Investment program, more than 10,900 people were directly benefitted with the implementation of social projects with innovative, sustainable and measurable components, which helped to close gaps in the most vulnerable communities around issues such as adolescent pregnancy prevention, life project in young people, family strengthening and economic development in rural areas.

This year, the Young Philharmonic of Colombia continued strengthening the life project of musicians in all regions of the country, surpassing 500 beneficiaries. The Young Philharmonic first international tour was in Central America, where it payed tribute to the culture of 5 countries and their musical education institutions through pedagogical activities, open rehearsals that strengthened social and academic ties. Performances made where 9,000 persons attended the concerts.

In the national tour, the Young Philharmonic performed in 8 cities of the country, some of which witnessed a symphonic concert of such magnitude for the first time. The Great Davivienda Christmas Concert gathered more than 7,000 attendees at the Movistar Arena in Bogotá, with the orchestra having a great visibility and impacting new audiences, thus achieving an active participation of both the government and the press.

Our Volunteering movement continues to share its knowledge and experiences to promote the social and economic inclusion of people, development of communities, quality education, development of skills for peaceful coexistence in children and young people, as well as the environment conservation; which has made us to grow to 6,247 active volunteers and 71,428 hours donated in 2018. This accounts for 17% and 10% increase respectively compared to the 2017.

The program managed to expand to Panama and thus it has already reached 4 Central America countries, including Costa Rica, Honduras and El Salvador.

For these and more 2018 achievements see the ninth version of our Sustainability Report: www.fundacionbolivardavivienda.org/sostenibilidad

Let's continue developing talent for the construction of a better country.


Fernando Cortés McAllister
Executive Director
Fundación Bolívar Davivienda

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