The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), well-known for its contributions to heterodox economic theory, organized a special weeklong session of its annual Heterodox Economics Summer School for Regions Refocus. From 11-15 September 2017, a delegation of African and the Caribbean allies gathered at ECLAC’s headquarters in Santiago de Chile for this session.
As an opportunity for cross-regional exchange and learning, this session included presentations from leading Latin American scholars and practitioners on (neo)structuralism, agricultural policy, gender and social policies, infrastructure, foreign direct investment, and financialization, and provided an opportunity for exchange and sharing of expertise from the Regions Refocus participants. The session served as a direct follow-up to the Africa-Caribbean cross-regional exchange, in which representatives from both regions noted the need for deeper thinking on heterodox economics to inform policy for economic transformation. A strategy meeting was also held following the summer school sessions to flesh out plans for Post-Colonialisms Today.