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Mexico Local Capacity Development Activity (LCDA)

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 creating a locally-managed, locally-resourced capacity building service. The project consists of two 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.

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 ten 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.

Graduates from the first Diplomado cohort

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