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Dec 21, 2017

Chilean cartoonist wins contest for best drawing on bureaucracy

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced that the Chilean cartoonist Diego Maximiliano Flisfisch won the first prize in the Second Cartoon Contest on Red Tape and Bureaucracy in Latin America and the Caribbean, with his drawing “Painful Procedures.”

The Jury also selected 15 caricatures as finalists. Almost 4,000 voted in the IDB’s Facebook page for the Public’s Favorite category, which was won by the Peruvian artist Fernando Barrial Juscamaita, with his drawing titled “The Wait.”

The contest drew more than 220 submissions from 17 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. It was an invitation to the region’s cartoonists to use humor to showcase the impact of bureaucracy, both on citizens and the region’s institutions. The first contest, on corruption, took place in 2015.

Cartoons by the finalists will be included in an IDB study on government services and red tape, to be published in the first half of 2018. The report will analyze how people are served by government agencies on a range of procedures, from obtaining birth certificates to reporting a crime. It will include recommendations on how to transform government services in the digital era to eliminate red tape.

Artists used their creative talents to capture the frustrations experienced by citizens in terms of lost time and money due to the inefficiencies of many government agencies.

The two winners will receive an electronic drawing pad. Additionally, the first place winner will also receive an all-expense paid invitation to the IDB’s Demand Solutions event.

The Jury was made up of the winners of the previous contest, Colombia’s Mauricio Parra and Chile’s Alberto Montt. IDB was represented by Trinidad Zaldivar, from the Culture, Solidarity and Creativity division; Pablo Bachelet from External Relations; and Angela Reyes, Benjamin Roseth and María Inés Vásquez from the Department of Institutions for Development.

The 15 finalist drawings are all posted in the IDB’s GobernArte blog (in Spanish).

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