What can we learn from 23 years of grantmaking in Mexico? How can we make the findings truly useful?

Representatives of Mexican civil society organizations discussing equitable partnerships between national and sub-national organizations at a workshop in 2018
  1. First, we want to document and share the story of our support to Mexican organizations over the past 23 years. How did the Hewlett Foundation first become involved in supporting Mexican organizations? How has the socio-political context evolved, and how has the work of grantee organizations evolved with it? What contribution was made toward social change?
  2. Second, what can we learn from the implementation of our current Transparency, Participation & Accountability (TPA) strategy in Mexico over the past five years? What have we learned, for instance, from our efforts to facilitate peer learning with African organizations, or partnerships between Mexican feminist organizations and governance-focused organizations?
  3. Finally, we aim for the retrospective to inform the next version of our TPA strategy. We will launch the strategy refresh process in the next few months and aim to finalize the next strategy in the latter half of 2021.
  • We seek diverse views and voices, including critics, to better understand the effects of our work in Mexico from multiple perspectives. We will engage with current and past grantees while also hearing from new voices that will push us to think differently.
  • We’re mindful that evaluations commissioned by foundations are rarely useful for the organizations we support. We aim to be open, transparent, and participatory. We invite your input on the questions that we ask and the sources we consult. You can expect to hear from us regularly through blog posts and other formats, and we hope that you participate with your ideas throughout the process.
  • We strive for collaboration based on mutual respect. We will build in the necessary time for inclusivity, recognizing the constraints placed by COVID-19, especially on women and care givers. We recognize that we are one of many private foundations that support Mexico’s pluralistic civil society and we strive to coordinate with peer funders to avoid any repetitive surveys or workshops.
  • Primero, queremos documentar y compartir la historia de nuestro apoyo a las organizaciones mexicanas durante los últimos 23 años. ¿Cómo se involucró por primera vez la Fundación Hewlett en el apoyo a las organizaciones mexicanas? ¿Cómo ha evolucionado el contexto sociopolítico y cómo han adaptado las organizaciones beneficiarias? ¿Qué contribución se hizo hacia el cambio social en México?
  • Segundo, ¿qué podemos aprender de la implementación de nuestra estrategia actual de Transparencia, Participación y Responsabilidad (TPA por sus siglas en inglés) en México durante los últimos cinco años? ¿Qué hemos aprendido, por ejemplo, de nuestros esfuerzos para facilitar el aprendizaje horizontal con organizaciones africanas, o la colaboración entre organizaciones feministas y organizaciones más enfocadas en la transparencia?
  • Finalmente, la retrospectiva informará a la próxima versión de nuestra estrategia TPA. Lanzaremos el proceso de actualización de la estrategia en los próximos meses y anticipamos finalizar la próxima estrategia en la segunda mitad de 2021.
  • Buscamos diversos puntos de vista y voces, incluidas las críticas, para comprender mejor el impacto y las consecuencias de nuestro trabajo en México desde múltiples perspectivas. Queremos aprender de los aliados actuales y pasados ​​mientras escuchamos nuevas voces que nos empujarán a pensar de manera diferente.
  • Somos conscientes de que las evaluaciones encargadas por fundaciones rara vez son útiles para las organizaciones que apoyamos. Nuestro objetivo es ser abierto, transparente y participativo. Les invitamos a su opiniones sobre las preguntas que hacemos y las fuentes que consultamos. Nos comprometemos a compartir noticias regularmente y esperamos que participen con sus ideas durante todo el proceso.
  • Estamos comprometidos a una colaboración basada en el respeto mutuo. Planeamos con el tiempo necesario para la inclusión, reconociendo las limitaciones impuestas por COVID-19, especialmente para los que tienen hijos y responsabilidades de cuidado. Reconocemos que somos una de muchas fundaciones privadas que apoyan a una sociedad civil pluralista en México y nos esforzamos por coordinarnos con los donantes colegas para evitar encuestas y/o talleres repetitivos.

Updates from the Hewlett Foundation’s transparency, participation and accountability team. Part of our Gender Equity & Governance Program https://hewlett.org/

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Updates from the Hewlett Foundation’s transparency, participation and accountability team. Part of our Gender Equity & Governance Program https://hewlett.org/

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