Capacity building for project management, a reflection by Billy Lopez

Billy Lopez, Project Manager for Global Visionaries (GV) in Guatemala.

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In partnership with LINGOs, SIF offered its grantee organizations in Guatemala an opportunity to complete the PMD Pro1 certification, a project management course for the development sector run by GEPAL. This course is designed for professionals working as directors, project managers, supervisors, or other related positions in civil society organizations. The course is comprised of virtual classroom workshops as well as individual training sessions.

Billy Lopez is the Project Manager at Global Visionaries (GV) in Guatemala. Global Visionaries empowers young people to become global leaders in creating a just and sustainable future. GV’s programs offers high school students, young adults, and adults leadership training, a cultural immersion trip to Guatemala, and local and international service projects focused on social justice and environmental conservation. GV participants learn how to become leaders in their local and the global community.

Billy participated in the PMD Pro course, and has kindly shared his reflections on this capacity building opportunity with us: Read the rest of this entry »

SIF convenes key leaders to discuss collaboration in the region

Fernando Carrera, Secretary of Planning and Programming (SEGEPLAN) – Government of Guatemala and Helen Mack, Founder of Fundación Myrna Mack participate in the opening plenary on Guatemala at the Central America Donors Forum, held at Microsoft Headquarters on June 19, 2012.

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On June 19, 2012, over 130 donors and development experts working in Central America gathered at the Microsoft headquarters for SIF’s Central America Donors Forum. This event provided a unique opportunity for learning and deeper engagement on priority issues, successful models, and opportunities for networking and co-investment in the region.

Representatives from the IDB, U.S. Department of State, USAID, foundations, and Central American civil society leaders lead panel discussions around critical issues such as women’s rights, civil security, investing in youth, and opportunities for collaboration. For the complete agenda and list of participants, please click here.

Michael Solis of OYE Adelante Jovenes writes about the event in the Huffington Post Impact Blog:

“At the second annual Central American Donors Forum in Seattle, Julieta Castellanos spoke about the threats facing Central America. Among them, she cited rising homicide rates in what is now considered to be the most dangerous region on earth outside of a warzone. She focused on Honduras, a nation “in crisis” that currently ranks first among the world’s most violent countries….” To read the full article about the event in the HuffPost, click here.

To read about the event on KPLU’s Humanosphere, click here.

Voices of Women Human Rights Defenders

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Written by Jessica Kuhn, SIF Graduate Fellow

On June 6, 2012, in Washington DC, the Nobel Women’s Initiative and JASS presented “Amplifying the Voices of Women Human Rights Defenders: 2012 Delegation to Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala.”  The presentation was in cooperation with Representatives Jim McGovern, Jan Schakowsky, and Sheila Jackson Lee.

It was an honor to be present at this hearing to see the faces and hear the stories of women human rights defenders from Mesoamerica.  It is essential that their voices be represented to Congress in such a forum to encourage and reinforce USG’s commitment to shedding light on these abuses and implementing policy solutions.

Lisa VeneKlasen, Executive Director of JASS, and Laura Carlsen of the Center for International Policy opened the presentation with startling facts regarding abuses against women in Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala.  In Honduras, femicides rose 257% between 2002 and 2010. 685 women were assassinated in Guatemala in 2010, compared to 213 in 2000. Moreover, more than 95% of crimes in the region are never punished. Read the rest of this entry »

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