Former Colombian President Iván Duque recently inaugurated The Innovation for Development Foundation (I+D), a non-partisan policy center in Bogota, Colombia. The think tank is designed to nurture young leadership and develop policies for Colombia’s sustainable growth. Duque, who served as Colombia’s president from 2018 to 2022, asserts that the foundation’s primary role is to ideate and contribute to national development, irrespective of political leanings.
Focus on Youth Leadership and Innovation
The I+D Foundation is set to analyze and propose solutions to innovation challenges faced by Colombia, including climate change, entrepreneurship, public value creation, and migration issues. Duque emphasized the foundation’s commitment to developing practical proposals that will have a measurable impact throughout Colombia. A significant objective is to motivate Colombian youth by providing them with the tools needed to tackle various societal challenges.
Collaboration for Wider Impact
Duque announced that I+D will partner with other foundations, businesses, and social entities to promote youth leadership development across Colombian regions. The foundation’s goal is to improve the capabilities of young Colombians dedicated to making a positive difference in their communities. I+D plans to annually train 120 young individuals through comprehensive three-month programs, preparing them for roles in politics, entrepreneurship, and social influence.
Emphasis on Human Capital
María Juliana Ruiz, the former first lady of Colombia, highlighted the foundation’s focus on recognizing and nurturing individual potential for societal benefit. She called for investments in human capital, particularly targeting those keen on contributing to innovation and development in Colombia. Ruiz stressed the importance of fostering leadership that can drive positive change.
The foundation’s launch event took place on December 14 and saw attendance from prominent figures, including former Colombian Vice Presidents Germán Vargas Lleras and Francisco Santos, Ombudsman Carlos Camargo, Attorney General Margarita Cabello, and American entrepreneur George Logothetis.
Duque also presented his book, ‘Our Future: Green Manifesto for Latin America and the Caribbean,’ underscoring his ongoing commitment to sustainable development and innovation in the region.”