We keep networking

RACI continues to grow and this year 29 new members joined.

Thus, and in line with the objective of contributing to the social transformation of Argentina, through the creation of a space for inter-institutional exchange and dialogue, new organizations are incorporated that will contribute to this mission. Thus, the network is strengthened and consolidated in line with its values.

Once all the steps of the membership process were completed, RACI welcomed the new members of the network, with whom we will work together to enrich and broaden diversity.

With the conviction that working collectively is the way forward, we are happy to announce that, in 2022, the following members have already joined:


The Power of a Task Force on Inequality-related Financial Disclosures (TIFD) to Address in Inequality

By Alejandro Bautista, Sr. Advocacy Advisor, Red Argentina para la Cooperación Internacional (RACI)

The Task Force on Inequality-related Financial Disclosures (TIFD) is a global initiative designed to address the systemic risk of inequality by providing information on inequality risks to investors’ portfolios, businesses, workers and communities. To develop this knowledge base, a process is underway of building a coalition to collectively create a risk management framework that harmonizes existing disclosure frameworks, refines existing metrics of materiality, complete with targets and thresholds. Risk management frameworks are used by investors to gather information from companies so as to shed light on potential risks to their portfolio companies’ financial performance. These frameworks have evolved over time to include analysis of environmental, social, and governance issues – such as a company’s carbon footprint, worker health and safety, and the composition of boards of directors –  that are likely to affect investment outcomes.

If frameworks already exist to assess how social risks affect investments, why create a new one? TIFD will harmonize existing frameworks and incorporate novel elements that are not found in any other framework.

First, TIFD is conceived as a systemic risk framework that can shed light on the risks of inequality to investors’ and corporate returns (outside-in risks), as well as the risks of private sector activity to inequality, including those that affect the most marginalized and vulnerable workers and communities (inside-out risks).

Second, TIFD will assess the entire value chain, including not only corporate activity, but also investor-level activity, including how investments are structured and the distribution of returns and value to all stakeholders.

Third, TIFD will also provide context-based targets as guidance to investors and companies. Without  guidance on “what good looks like,” disclosing organizations typically set targets that are convenient for them, relative to historical performance, and/or relative to peers. This is beginning to change, however. In the area of  climate change: companies are starting to set Science-Based Targets, which recognize that if the world is going to stay below 1.5 degrees Celsius for each company, there is a natural limit to its allowable emissions relative to its activity. For social issues, an example of a science-based target  is the allowable pay ratios between the average worker in a company and the executives. TIFD’s targets, which are being developed by our global partners, will deepen the framework’s effectiveness.

Finally, TIFD incorporates a human rights-based approach, which crosscuts all efforts to measure inequality in its multiple and various forms. This implies two important points:

  • TIFD is designed to enable all stakeholders affected by inequality to be included in the process of co-creating the framework. This entails inviting not only investors and corporations, but also vulnerable groups and communities, and civil society organizations working on these issues, both in the Global South and North. This is an important shift in how disclosure frameworks are developed and, for us in the Global South, the most important one.

  • The many different layers of inequality – vertical inequality (e.g., income or wealth) and horizontal inequality (e.g., gender or racial) – have diverse manifestations in the global South and North. For instance, in the global South, inequality may manifest more in the informal sector, as noted below.

Unlike climate change, there is no universal way to define and measure inequality. TIFD is being designed to recognize such regional nuances.

In conversations about TIFD within Latin America, stakeholders confirm the importance of broad-based participation and the consideration of context. For example, most of the people and organizations we consulted expressed interest in the inclusion of considerations of the informal sector within TIFD. According to the International Labour Organization, during the first quarter of 2021, in Latin America “…around 76 per cent of independent workers, and just over a third of wage earners, were informall.” To substantially contribute to reducing inequality globally, TIFD will have to include this sector within its framework. This is a departure from most existing social and environmental disclosure frameworks, which were created primarily by Global North actors for Global North-based multinational companies, and tend to focus narrowly on the formal sector.

While some civil society organizations may have a healthy dose of skepticism about a “financial” disclosure framework to address their goals and concerns, others see an advantage in working with the private sector. Working together might help them move forward with specific agendas that not even the State or the non-profit sector are considering. For example, many companies have shown openness and willingness to tackle the issue of discrimination against people of indigenous descent in Argentina. This is a debate that Argentina’s society is just starting to have, and the private sector could be a strong ally in enhancing the discussion. Additionally, once developed the TIFD framework can be used by civil society to hold the private sector accountable.

Participants also emphasized that, to be successful, TIFD must guarantee that the information disclosed to investors will be public and accessible to all. Only in this way can it be used not just as a tool for investors, but also as a civil society tool for monitoring and holding to account business actions to address their impacts on inequality as well as investors’ use of the disclosures.

As a member of TIFD’s Interim Secretariat, and as a regional organization from the Global South, the Argentine Network for International Cooperation (RACI) is fully committed to the development and implementation of this inequality-related financial disclosure framework. TIFD takes a different approach to promoting and protecting rights. Instead of trying to solve small bits of large problems, it intends to scale up and trigger systemic change. Instead of working with investors and companies alone, it is being designed as a collaboration among diverse stakeholders some of whom may, a priori, be considered improbable partners. Congregating investors, corporations, grassroots organizations, human rights organizations and community and social leaders at the same table is a tough task. But it is a necessary one if we want to develop a participatory process in which we can reach consensus on novel and complex solutions to tackle complex problems.


CIVICUS 2022 Annual Report on the state of Civil Society

The eleventh annual state of Civil Society report published by the global civil society alliance CIVICUS sheds light on a time of immense agitation and controversy. Russia’s illegal war against Ukraine, which has devastated the lives of millions of people, generates echoes of disruption around the world, as the consequent rise in food and fuel prices adds further suffering to communities already affected by the impacts of pandemic and extreme weather conditions caused by climate change.

However, this report finds hope in the mobilizations for change around the world: mass protests, grassroots justice campaigns and movements, and the many grassroots initiatives advocating for rights and helping those most in need. Civil society is striving by all available means to make a difference.

Five key trends of global importance were identified:

  • Rising fuel and food costs and government mismanagement.

Governments fail to protect the population from the impacts of price increases exacerbated by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Social anger at a dysfunctional economic system, poverty and economic inequality and corruption is on the rise. Mass protests are taking place around the world. In Sri Lanka, demonstrations have forced the resignation of the prime minister. In Iran, people are demanding change as food prices soar. In Kazakhstan, more than 200 people died with impunity after protests over rising fuel prices.

  • Democracy is under attack, but we continue to see positive changes. 

Coups d’état are jeopardizing hard-won gains. The military seized power in Burkina Faso and Sudan. In El Salvador and Tunisia, democratic checks on power are being dispensed with. In Nicaragua and Turkmenistan there was election fraud. Autocratic nationalists won elections in Hungary and the Philippines. But at the same time, mobilizations emerged in the Czech Republic and Slovenia, where divisive political leaders were ousted in favor of new and broad alternatives. Progressive leaders committed to social justice came to power in Chile and Honduras. In Costa Rica and Peru, dissatisfaction is leading to the rejection of incumbent rulers and acceptance of outsider candidates promising change.

  • Progress has been made in the fight against Social Inequality in spite of these attacks.

Despite pressure from opposing groups, progress was made in promoting women’s and LGBTQI+ rights. While the United States, where neoconservatives are emboldened, is increasingly isolated on sexual and reproductive rights, countries such as Colombia and Mexico reduced abortion restrictions thanks to civil society advocacy. Opportunistic politicians continue to seek advantage in the LGBTQI+ community, but everywhere the normalization of LGBTQI+ rights is spreading. Recently, the Swiss people voted in favor of an equal marriage law. Even in hostile contexts such as Jamaica, progress was made thanks to civil society participation in regional human rights systems. But in terms of migrants’ rights, only Ukrainian refugees in Europe are received with compassion and the dominant global sentiment is one of hostility. However, a new generation is forging movements to advance racial justice and demand equity for excluded people.

  • Civil society keeps up the pressure for climate action.

A young and diverse generation continues to stir up the waters on climate change. As extreme weather events increase, the climate crisis continues to disproportionately affect the most excluded populations, who have done the least to cause it. Governments and corporations are unable to act, and civil society movements are demanding urgent emission reduction measures to address the problem. In addition, climate litigation is growing, leading to important legal developments, such as the ruling in the Netherlands that forced Shell to commit to reducing its emissions. Shareholder activism against fossil fuel companies is intensifying, and pension funds are coming under increasing pressure to divest from fossil fuels.

  • The current crises showed the shortcomings of the international governance system.

Russia’s war against Ukraine along with recent conflicts in the Sahel, Syria and Yemen evidenced the failure of global institutions to protect people and prevent conflict. The UN Security Council is hampered by the veto power of Russia, one of its five permanent members, although the General Assembly condemned the invasion of Ukraine. Russia was suspended from the UN Human Rights Council, but this body is still dominated by states that violate these rights. The effective participation of civil society is necessary for the UN to react to crises. Today’s world needs a UN prepared to work with a civil society that continues to seek and secure vital progress for humanity.

To read the full report visit CIVICUS page.


RACI 2022 Executive Committee

RACI’s Executive Committee is made up of seven Executive Directors from member organizations of the network. Candidates for the position must self-nominate and are elected by vote in a Members’ Assembly; the term of office is two years, with the possibility of re-election for up to one consecutive term.

This year the nomination process is open, in which each Executive Director of the member organizations of the network may present his/her intention to be part of it. Membership in the committee must guarantee the continuity and coherence of the work done so far. Along with this, it is essential to contribute to the implementation of the annual action plan, which is approved by the Assembly of Members, as well as to develop policy actions in line with those established by the network.

Each executive director, in order to apply, must complete a form and send a letter of intent and, once the first stage is completed, it will be evaluated by the current committee, in its role as an evaluation committee, to determine that the established requirements were met and, after this, the application ends. Throughout this process, RACI generates the necessary mechanisms to guarantee clean and transparent elections.

As indicated in the protocol for the change of committee, the possibility of re-election is only for one term. For this reason, from the RACI team, we would like to thank Daniel Pomerantz – Executive Director of AMIA and current President of the Network – and Marisa Giráldez – General Director of Fundación Banco de Alimentos and our treasurer – for their unparalleled commitment to the organization and for the many achievements made thanks to their contribution and networking during their tenure.


Do you know the REDFED Project?

In RACI we seek to accompany and give visibility to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and their projects, strengthening and promoting actions in the sector with which we try to contribute to the social transformation of Argentina and the region.

In this framework of inter-institutional collaboration, we made progress in the implementation of the SDG Platform in 2017. Through this tool, we seek to democratize access to information on the work of CSOs towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and present them in a visible and clear way to the main public and private actors. Since the launch of the Platform, 226 CSOs have been registered with 393 projects that seek to create a beneficial impact on Argentine society and the region.

In our effort to help meet the goals of the 2030 Agenda, we believe that the dissemination of information from CSOs is essential to inspire an increasing number of organizations to participate and connect with each other. Therefore, we launched a communication campaign that encourages CSOs to share their experiences through the Platform in order to visualize the multiplying impact of civil society towards a change of realities.

As part of our campaign, today we share the experience of Project Educate 2050, an Argentine civil association with more than 12 years of experience working to improve national education and place it among one of the bests in the world by 2050. With this final goal, during the context of the pandemic, the organization launched the Federal Network of Argentine Teachers (REDFED for its initials in Spanish), a nationwide initiative to face some of the adversities arising from the health situation. Along these lines, the initiative aims to create a space that promotes peer exchange and the combined search for solutions to the context of the pandemic; strengthen the pedagogical and technological knowledge and skills of the teaching team; and to promote the dissemination of learning with the educational community.

The Educar 2050 team observed that in order for teachers to be able to develop the teaching and learning process, certain conditions were necessary that were affected by the context of the pandemic, a phenomenon that forced the abandonment of in-person classes.. According to most of the Argentine teachers that were reached, this new educational modality increased the flow of their tasks, as well as the workload. This has been because teachers have had to design, organize and prepare the new educational proposals necessary to reduce the educational impact of the lockdown situation.

Facing this reality, the REDFED project seeks to establish a network of connections, which promotes peer interaction through the creation of a horizontal exchange space. At the same time, the network provides socio-emotional, pedagogical and digital tools to strengthen capacities and respond to the needs of the current teaching activity. The creation of REDFED is based on the networking as a generator of spaces and promoter of exchanges and learning in a collaborative manner, thanks to interaction and dialogue.

Thanks to this initiative and the experience undergone during the pandemic, Educar 2050 has managed to collect numerous learnings that will allow them to continue improving in the educational field. Among them, we can mention the need to generate dynamics that promote interaction between teaching teams; the development of topics linked to the current reality of teaching; and finally, the improvement and adaptation of the schedules of pedagogical activities to new circumstances.

Within the framework of the 2030 Agenda, the project is part of SDG 4, which seeks to achieve inclusive and quality education. REDFED contributes to the achievement of this objective, as it significantly increases the supply of qualified teachers, produces relevant and effective learning outcomes, while ensuring that all students acquire the theoretical knowledge necessary to promote sustainable development.

At RACI, we are very happy to share this story of learning in the framework of sustainable development. We invite you to learn more about this project by accessing the Educar 2050 website and the SDG Platform. If you are looking to register your organization or a new project on the Platform, you can access the following FAQ document: Let’s continue on the path towards a more resilient society in permanent articulation!


The New Zealand Embassy Fund in Mexico 2022-2023 is now open!


The New Zealand Embassy Fund in Mexico is a program that allows flexible support for projects that contribute directly and clearly to the elimination of poverty, and that have a high impact on the socioeconomic development of the community.
Projects must be in line with the mission of the New Zealand Embassy Fund, which seeks “sustainable development in developing countries, with the aim of reducing poverty and contributing to a more secure, equitable and prosperous world”.

For its 2022-2023 call for proposals, the Embassy of New Zealand invites non-governmental organizations and community groups to submit projects in the areas of:

  • Climate change and resilience
  • LGBTIQ+ community rights
  • Community development (particularly indigenous and rural communities and child poverty axis)
  • Sustainable agricultural and livestock development
  • Education (particularly for girls and women and the revitalization of indigenous languages)
  • Migration

On Monday, September 12th at 12.00PM (Mexico City time) we will be giving an informative webinar to present the bases and conditions of the call for proposals. Register in the following form to participate!


Recipients will be non-governmental organizations and community groups engaged in non-profit development activities. Assistance will not be provided to individuals.

The call is open to organizations in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Dominican Republic, and Cuba.

Duration of Support

Projects must last up to 6 (six) months, and have Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound (SMART) objectives.

Activities NOT eligible for funding

  • Political, religious or evangelical activities. Religious associations will not be excluded as long as the proposed project is consistent with the purpose of the Embassy of New Zealand Fund, does not exclude followers of other religions, and the funds are not used to support proselytizing activities.
  • Visits to sites unrelated to the project.
  • Unsolicited donations or other grants (e.g., using the fund to prepare other proposals, support nominations, etc.).
    Individual student scholarships.
  • International travel/participation in conferences abroad.
  • Ongoing or recurring funding of the recipient organization’s operating/operating expenses, such as salaries and wages, office supplies and communications.

Characteristics of the Fund

  • The maximum amount per project will be up to 20,000 NZD or its equivalent in local currency.
  • Only one project per organization will be accepted.
  • Winning organizations will be required to complete a progress report and a final report. Funding will be provided subject to approval of these reports.
  • The New Zealand Embassy may visit the funded projects in coordination with RACI and the implementing organization.
  • Projects are expected to start implementation in January 2023.
  • Disbursements will be made in 3 (three) payments against delivery of progress and final reports:
    • 1st disbursement: 60% against signature of the contract.
    • 2nd disbursement: 30% against delivery of the Progress Report.
    • 3rd disbursement: 10% against delivery of the Final Report.

Application Process

The Argentine Network for International Cooperation (RACI) will be in charge of coordinating the application process. It consists of two stages:

1st stage – Expression of Interest (EOI)

Interested organizations must create a user on behalf of the organization in the following platform

Once the user is registered, they will be able to access the application form. Please note that only one person per organization may register.

The period for the reception of concept notes will be open from Thursday, September 8 to Sunday, September 21, 6:00 PM (Mexico City time).

Stage 2 – Expanded Application Form (FAA)

Once the concept notes are received, RACI will make a pre-selection of those projects that meet the criteria and requirements of the fund. Those pre-selected organizations will be notified by email and will be invited to participate in a second stage where they will submit an Expanded Application Form, which must also be completed through the platform.

The reception period for those pre-selected organizations to complete the Expanded Application Form will be open from Wednesday, October 12 to Monday, October 24, 6:00 PM (Mexico City time).

During this period, the RACI team will be available for support to the pre-selected organizations through the platform.

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