SalvaGuarda Clinic + Hub

  • Based on the experience gathered by the CIVISOL Platform the organization has been able to reach two main conclusions:
  1. It is not enough to make “change”; change needs to be constantly explained, enacted and protected in order to filter through, imbibe social and institutional reality as lived in the field.
  2. Poverty and participation, as explained in the presentation of the role of CIVISOL as an R&D Institute, are new, concerns that only recently emerged in government and policy making and in the radar of public opinion and the generalized horizon of social responsibility and action.

It is for this reason that the CIVISOL Institute has created a specialized hub of interdisciplinary research that aims to elaborate and promote what we describe as “spring up enterprising and innovation -suei” efforts of vulnerable civil society.


This term SUEI encompasses the overall and indistinct efforts of a sustained uman enterprising effort or undertaking. SUEI is not only a term represents the moment and place of a nascent human organization amidst people trapped in circumstances of vulnerability or disempowerment it is also a model of the sort of enterprising that is needed and the requirements it depends on. It is based on the long experience of CIVISOL and it seeks to harness around it the best minds and hearts to better it, develop it and make it possible.

In the practice SUEI is represented by the two organizations that, under the Trash is Life initiative, emerged after the ruling T291-09 for embracing the change and realizing their newly recognized rights by the court. Recyclable Waste Pickers surviving in poverty legally organized were recognized as entrepreneurs in solid waste management and thus potential exclusive concessionaries of the municipal waste recycling service as a structural poverty correction and human development solution.

Salvaguarda which in English means safekeeping matches the efforts of professionals with the capacity of keeping change alive and effective for the sake of those that need it, claim it and made it possible with legally trained professionals, journalists, political scientists, sociologists, philosophers, anthropologists and other social science and humanities experts to consolidate, protect and defend the model and examples of spring up enterprising and innovation.


Our findings are the source of the topics of research we believe are needed to spring up organization, enterprising and innovation from the local grassroots trapped in poverty up to mainstream development and participatory governance.


  • Bottom-up entrepreneurship and dilemmas of enterprising in poverty:
    • for-profit and non-profit leadership
    • governance
    • human talent management and motivations of bottom- up enterprising with people under survival conditions and lack of resources (time, money, physic and regulatory space)
    • Legal Vehicles for enterprising in business and change
    • Social and Solidarity economy
    • Circular Economy
  • Modern slavery, unfair competition, informal economy and micro-enterprising
  • Decent work and transition to formalisation by enterprising (autonomy) or by employment (subordination)
  • Guidance for business managers and lawyers in addressing and supporting bottom-up enterprising
  • Sustainable supply chain management and the problem of outsourcing labor from extreme poverty
  • Financing social enterprising and innovation – poor economics, crowd sourcing, sharing economy and e- volunteering
  • Translating cultures and challenges of people trapped in poverty in the Global South
  • Social media and communications for development