Global Center for Development and Democracy

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The Global Center For Development and Democracy "is committed to advancing democracy and alleviating poverty in developing countries. Join us in promoting social equality, governance, economic stability and sustained growth. Our dream is a world without poverty and social exclusion." [1]

"Former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo, who recently established the Global Center for Development and Democracy (GCDD) with seed funding from NED, met on November 26 in Washington with six former heads of state to discuss the mission of his new organization, which aims to forge a new social agenda for Latin America. President Toledo was joined by Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar from Spain, President Vicente Fox from Mexico, President Carlos Mesa from Bolivia, President Ricardo Maduro from Honduras, and President Rodrigo Carazo from Costa Rica, as well as Secretary-General of the Organization of American States Jose Miguel Insulza and José Ignacio Salafranca from the European Parliament." [2]


"The Center was founded by Alejandro Toledo, President of Peru from 2001 to 2006, whose term in office was marked by sustained economic growth, a significant increase in employment, and deliberate social policies, including health and education quality investments, that led to a 25 percent reduction in extre poverty. Also behind this initiative, and as members of the Board of Directors, you can find some former members of his cabinet and collaborators such as Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, former Minister of Finance (2001-2002) and prime minister (2005-2006), Aurelio Loret de Mola, former Defense Minister (2002-2003); Ana María Romero-Lozada L. former Minister of Women and Social Development (2002-2003 and 2003-2006); Alejandro Tudela, former Minister of Justice (2005-2006) and Manuel Echegaray, former communications and advertising consultant to the president of Perú. President Toledo who is now serving as Distinguished Consulting Professor at Stanford University, has teamed up with Ambassador Luis Lauredo, who served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States and is now President and International and Governmental Relations Consultant with Hunton & Williams International, LLC, a subsidiary of the international law firm of Hunton & Williams LLP, and Don Walter, a financial consultant based in the Washington, D.C. area. The Honorable Charles Rangel, United States Congressman from New York, has also agreed to serve as a director. In addition, President Toledo will be assembling an advisory board consisting of high-profile world leaders (former presidents and prime ministers, private sector leaders, and established leaders in the academic community) to aid the directors in promoting the Center’s mission and activities." [3]



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  1. Home, Global Center for Development and Democracy, accessed September 21, 2008.
  2. Alejandro Toledo Briefs Latin Leaders on New Initiative, NED, accessed September 21, 2008.
  3. Trustees & officers, Global Center for Development and Democracy, accessed September 21, 2008.