The renowned Argentinian economist Bernardo Kliksberg has accepted the invitation of Un Techo Para Mi País (UTPMP)—featured in the 2009 fall issue of Americas Quarterly—to be its Main Advisor. Kliksberg, currently an advisor for the United National Development Program (UNDP) and President of the Red Iberoamericana de Universidades por la Responsabilidad Social Empresarial, will support UTPMP’s work reaching out to universities in Latin America, multilateral organizations and government agencies. He will also be an active in the organization’s international activities.
Un Techo Para Mi País—a Latin American organization founded in Chile in 1997 that expanded in 2005 thanks to the support of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)—selected Kliksberg given his global trajectory and work fighting against poverty. Maximiliano Pérez, UTPMP’s social director for Latin America and the Caribbean, said that Mr. Kliksberg’s acceptance is also recognition to the organization’s hard work.
UTPMP works in 19 countries across the continent, where it builds emergency housing thanks to the volunteer work of young university students. Their model also includes social strengthening programs and community empowerment. Kliksberg considers UTPMP’s work and its more than 400,000 volunteers as “an ethical reference for the continent.”
Kliksberg’s has a long history working with UTPMP. Most recently, he was the organization’s ambassador for the campaign Precaria: Un País que Nadie Conoce, which calls attention to the poor living conditions of millions of persons in Latin America and the Caribbean.