In Mexico City, participatory budgeting—in which communities democratically decide how to spend available municipal public funds—presents a tremendous opportunity for residents to build strong local organizations and enhance their ability to advocate for the development priorities of their communities. IAF grantee partner Ollin, Jóvenes en Movimiento, A.C. (Ollin) engages grassroots leaders to offer training on participatory budgeting, implements a subgrant fund in Mexico State as a pilot of participatory budgeting, promotes the replication of this model beyond Mexico City, and disseminates information on Mexico City’s participatory budgeting program to citizens. At the IAF, we support community-led solutions to unlock private, public, and community resources for grassroots development.
Latin American cocoa farmers are reeling from the combined impact of COVID-19 and recent hurricanes. We are teaming up with the Fine Chocolate Industry Association to help them restart their livelihoods and build strong networks.
The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened pre-existing inequalities experienced by vulnerable groups. Our grantee partners have found that increasing access to technology helps address these issues, connecting people to jobs, education, and social support.
In the wake of COVID-19, we have broadened our alliances with current partners to help at-risk communities adapt and recover. We have also identified promising new private sector partners and funding opportunities to scale our efforts even further.