VoteSmart: A political debate for 50 young leaders

by GERN (Grupo de Estudios de Realidad Nacional)


This project provides 40 young leaders the opportunity to meet with nominees for presidents/representatives of main political parties in Costa Rica towards 2010 national elections.

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The problem: Lack of youth political engagement and participation in civic life. Where? Costa Rica Solutions? A national political debate with nominees for presidents/representatives of main political parties, a network and database of youth, NGO’s and the local community


Certified youth participants -- Networking and Database Encourage and support youth from the Debate to become active in civic life Link leaders from different organizations with each other to create a network to promote political debate.

Long-Term Impact

The project will build a network of young leaders to keep promoting political debate in Costa Rica. This network can create and maintain a database where young leaders and organizations can collaborate to promote new politics.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

University of Costa Rica
Friedrich Ebert Foundation

Organization Information

GERN (Grupo de Estudios de Realidad Nacional)

Location: Rohrmoser, San José - Costa Rica
Website: http:/​/​
GERN (Grupo de Estudios de Realidad Nacional)
Project Leader:
Lina Mata
Project Leader
Rohrmoser, San José Costa Rica

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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