Kaanbal Suut seeks to strengthen the internal capacities and leadership of civil society organizations and networks in the Yucatan Peninsula. It is a new initiative of FMCN, with the support of The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, which arises from an interest in strengthening civil society organizations (such as non-governmental organizations, civil associations, collectives, and alliances), and promoting their success in advancing conservation impacts and the sustainability of natural resources in a strategic manner.
For this project, we sought to innovate in the design process, incorporating aspects relevant to the current context derived from the COVID-19 pandemic and the social, economic, and environmental challenges that Mexican society, specifically the Yucatan Peninsula, is facing. The proposed topics integrate the most relevant needs identified by civil society organizations in the region, and the e-learning format seeks to be effective and coherent, making the learning processes and experiences more attractive.
The project is divided into six learning modules:
The lines of work that guide the actions of Kaanbal Suut are:
The Kaanbal Suut project seeks to strengthen the internal capacities and leadership of civil society organizations and networks in the Yucatan Peninsula.
During May and June 2022, the first generation of Kaanbal Suut concluded their training process by receiving specialized mentoring on the six core modules of the project. As a result, 11 organizations strengthened their institutional capacities.
In 2022, following the success of the first generation, and with the support of The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, an external committee selected 20 organizations to strengthen the institutional capacities of 34 leaders. The group has a wide variety of work approaches, including strong gender components.
The new generation will receive weekly synchronous sessions and will have asynchronous work spaces through the use of a virtual platform. Likewise, the 2022 generation will have the opportunity to coexist, virtually and in person, with the 2021 generation in order to promote alliances and exchange knowledge.