Avina
Relaciones Globales

Building mutually beneficial relationships between AVINA and institutions from outside Latin America is crucial to achieving our mission. That is why we have developed a Global Relations strategy that seeks to link the work of AVINA and its allies with people, institutions and networks on the international stage. These activities promote both direct relationships between global actors and our allies in Latin America as well as institutional relationships between international organizations and AVINA.

 

The main priority for Global Relations is to advance the continental impact strategies prioritized by AVINA, the Opportunities of Continental Relevance. We contribute to these by increasing their:

  • Visibility and positioning internationally
  • Exchange of knowledge and perspectives
  • Development of skills required to build global relationships
  • Mobilization of financial, institutional and technical resources
  • Accumulation of social capital and contacts at the international level
  • Efficiency and effectiveness in achieving strategic goals

 

Below, we provide details of some alliances established in 2009 which complement those mentioned in this report's section on Impact:

Four years of learning about alliances through the Global Philanthropy Forum
AVINA is a member and strategic partner of the Global Philanthropy Forum (GPF), a community of over 700 donors and social investors who share an interest in global issues. More than 80% of its members recognize that the GPF has allowed them to identify issues and strategic areas of action, as well as establish links and learn valuable lessons through its annual conference and other events. Forty-six percent of its members recognize that this opportunity has led them to make new donations, and 31% say that it has led them to develop joint investment alliances.

 

AVINA and its Latin American allies have been present at each annual event, and in 2009 the conference addressed the challenges of poverty and climate change. AVINA staff members and invited allies who participated shared their experiences regarding emerging solutions in Latin America, such as the poverty-reducing potential of socially inclusive business models and the advances in reducing deforestation rates in the Amazon. GPF promotes exchange among global organizations and offers the chance to debate and reflect on topics of global relevance.

 

The Tällberg Forum looks towards Latin America
The alliance with the Tällberg Foundation is key for AVINA in that its Forum brings together hundreds of leaders from different parts of the world and from different sectors of society to jointly develop proposals addressing the challenges of sustainability at the global level. This alliance led to the participation of more than 50 Latin American and global AVINA allies in the 2009 Tällberg Forum, the adoption of an Amazonian focus for the project “Whence and Whither – Into Uncharted Waters”, and the entrance of AVINA as a member of the European Community's Delegation of Sustainable Cities network.

 

The birth of a platform for alliances with Latin America: AVINA Americas
AVINA contributed to creation of AVINA Americas, an independent organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., as an important cornerstone for developing and advancing its Global Relations strategy. AVINA Americas and Fundación AVINA complement each other in contributing to the consolidation and scaling up of opportunities of continental and global relevance. AVINA Americas serves as a vital connection for potential allies in North America who want to participate in the exchange of knowledge, technology and resources with Latin America, while Fundación AVINA acts as advisor, joint investor and facilitator on the ground, using its resources and local presence in 13 countries, as well as its relations with thousands of allies to promote shared national and continental strategies. Fundación AVINA continues to be one of the largest private social investors in Latin America, and AVINA Americas will facilitate the development of new alliances to further their shared mission: the sustainable development of Latin America.

 

Other joint initiatives

Information on Latin American donors at your fingertips
In 2009, AVINA launched a web tool known as the Latin America Donor Index as the result of an alliance with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). It is an initiative that collects information on foundations, international agencies, private donors and other similar entities carrying out philanthropic work in the region, making it available to people and civil society organizations to facilitate their identification of potential strategic allies for their initiatives. The information is available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

 

The Donor Index is the first project of its kind to focus on the Latin American region and allows for free and unlimited access. Until now, those looking for this type of information depended on word of mouth, personal contacts, or partial information from less specific sources.

The index was the result of AVINA research into philanthropy within the region seeking to identify benchmarks and performance standards. What started as an internal knowledge database generated a wealth of information we wanted to share with other donors and those who work in Latin America, where the demand for such information is high. The IDB joined forces with AVINA to convert the index into an open platform accessible to everybody through Internet.

 

An indicator of the value of the database is the number of visitors who access the site on a daily basis. In the first three months after its launch in August 2009 the index received over 260,000 queries from more than 23,000 visitors. To access the index, click here.


Investigative journalism sponsored by AVINA wins international recognition
Since 2006, the AVINA Awards for Investigative Journalism in Sustainable Development have been supporting journalists who carry out complex research on sustainable development issues that are usually not covered by the mainstream media. The program has generated extremely high-quality articles. In 2009 three of the 60 proposals sponsored by AVINA received prestigious international awards.

 

The Route of the Smoke” a series of multimedia reports published by Andreia Franzeres and Cristiane Prizibisczki on the Brazilian O Eco Internet portal, won the Earth Journalism Awards in the forest category. These were presented to heads of state and negotiators during the UN Climate Change conference held in Copenhagen in December 2009. "We went through an intense learning process as a result of the AVINA Award,",commented Prizibisczki. “We are very honored by this experience that has undoubtedly made us better journalists and, why not, better citizens."

 

Another multimedia report, “The slow death of the marine forest”, published by Leonardo Cavalcanti in the daily newspaper Correio Braziliense from Brasilia, received two awards: the Premio Imprensa Embratel 2009 in the Socio-Environmental Responsibility category, and the Gran Premio CNT for Environmental Journalism. "Being one of the recipients of the AVINA Awards not only helped me win two journalism awards, but more importantly, gave me the opportunity to improve my skills as a reporter," says Leonardo Cavalcanti.

 

Another prize-winning report was “Oxígeno: el nuevo producto gourmet” (Oxygen: The new gourmet product), by Juan Manuel Fernández for the Costa Rican journal Mercados y Tendencias. The report received an award from the Costa Rican American Chamber of Commerce as the best work on social responsibility and was presented in person by Oscar Arias, then president of Costa Rica. According to Juan Manuel Fernández, "The AVINA Awards continue to be an important stimulus for us to continue, in whatever media, practicing the most valuable journalism of all: journalism that helps improve the quality of life in our battered societies."

 

The AVINA Awards provide an incentive, promoting through financial and technical assistance, innovative proposals for investigative journalism that provide excellent coverage of issues relevant for sustainable development in Latin America. In 2009 the beneficiary reports reached an estimated 70 million people, through printed and digital versions of daily newspapers, Internet portals, radio stations and audiovisual media. Click here for more information.