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Mexico Local Capacity Development

About the Project

LINC initiated its partnership with national NGO, Fondo Unido Mexico (FUM) in 2014 to support efforts to increase the management capacity of the local organizations that partner with FUM throughout Mexico. Our partnership was scaled-up in 2015 with the support of USAID/Mexico, launching the three-year Local Capacity Development Activity (LCDA). LCDA is dedicated to strengthening the local capacity of Mexican Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to more effectively serve and advocate for their constituents. LCDA addresses systemic constraints to improving local CSO capacity by developing locally-managed, locally-resourced capacity building services and networks.

The project consists of two core components: (1) Develop a sustainable certificate training course (Diplomado) for Mexican CSOs nation-wide; and (2) Build the institutional capacity of the subcontractor, Fondo Unido Mexico (FUM) to be able to manage and deliver the Diplomado beyond the life of the project.  In 2017, LCDA extended its work and reach in two ways: (1) The Diplomado service is being updated to include, among other changes, training on complex social systems, and expansion of peer-to-peer alumni learning networks; and (2) LCDA is currently expanding to the northern border area to work on capacity with a systems approach to addressing USAID’s priority interests.

The Diplomado course takes an integrated view of the functional areas all CSOs must manage and improve to make progress toward achieving their mission. The course combines classroom training, practical application, virtual discussions with topic experts and peer-to-peer learning communities to support CSOs in their continuous improvement efforts.

As the prime implementer, LINC collaborates with FUM and several local institutes of higher education to train and coach over 100 local Mexican organizations in functional areas, including strategic planning, fundraising, human resources, M&E and other core skill areas. FUM’s unique business model makes them an ideal partner for this activity as they work in the most vulnerable communities in Mexico through connections among private enterprises, individual donors, local NGOs and community leaders. To date, the LCDA program has seen 209 representatives from 134 Mexican civil society organizations graduate from the Diplomado.

Graduates from the first Diplomado cohort

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