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.
We and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation are honored to be selected as a 2020 Finalist for Concordia’s prestigious P3 Impact Award in recognition of our public-private partnership (P3) fostering a strong community foundation sector in Mexico.
Over the past 50 years, the IAF has supported an incredible number of innovative and entrepreneurial groups with a common dream: transforming their lives and communities. Join us as we travel north to south through the region to see how agricultural producers and artisan groups have conquered the world with small IAF investments to grow their businesses.