Survival Strategies for Populations
Going Through Financial Crisis in
Uruguay and Argentina

  Past Project of A W.I.S.H.

Project Summary

This project is exploring and implementing strategies to improve the quality of life among segments of the population most affected by the current financial crisis in Río de la Plata countries (Uruguay and Argentina), both in the short and long term.

The main goals are to:

  1. Identify and analyze what type of institutions and/or attitudes have formally and/or informally been created by certain segments of the society to meet the need for financial resources.
  2. Identify what of those institutions could be transformed in long-term alternatives to improve the living conditions of those sectors of the population that have been most affected by the current financial crisis in Uruguay and Argentina.
  3. Design and develop a pilot project to implement economic activities based on those alternatives that are sustainable over time.

Project Strategies

  1. Identify what strategies and/or institutions (i.e., invitations from banks to their customers to keep the savings in the bank in exchange for becoming stockholders, barter clubs, neighborhood assemblies, micro-loans, food kitchens) have spontaneously emerged to meet immediate financial and other material needs of certain segments of the population.
  2. In each country, analyze the success of each of these strategies and/or institutions in alleviating, in the short run, the needs of those segments of the population most affected by the current financial crisis.
  3. For each country, analyze which of these strategies/institutions (i.e., micro-scale agriculture) can be transformed into longer-term alternatives to promote sustainability at the local level and develop the necessary steps for the development of a pilot project to implement one or more of those alternatives.
  4. Produce a report/monograph with the results of the project to be made available to international organizations and/or to other communities undergoing similar situations.

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