Our members: AANBA celebrated the centenary of Palacio Barolo

Under the slogan spread, revalue, raise awareness, love and preserve the Buenos Aires Art Nouveau Association (AANBA) was born through a group of friends and simple citizens completely unrelated to the profession of architecture, but with a great love for their city and for this art of designing spaces for human life and coexistence, concerned about the continuous devastation that the rich architectural heritage that has always characterized Buenos Aires has suffered for decades.

The organization began on September 7, 2013 after the inaugural event that took place in the emblematic Palacio Barolo, this innovative and necessary initiative to maintain the architectural heritage in the city began to become visible. In this way, it is about showing, with the assistance and advice of renowned architects, the diversity and multiculturalism that Buenos Aires reflects through its buildings that make up the art nouveau movement: Catalan Modernism, Italian Liberty or Floreale, German Jugendstil, the Viennese Secession, and art nouveau itself, coming from Belgium and France.

Within the emblematic and outstanding buildings of the Art Nouveau route, we can find:
● In Buenos Aires: Palacio Barolo, Savoy Hotel, Club Sirio Libanés, Palacio Vera, Yacht Club Argentino, Güemes Gallery, Casal de Catalunya, Ateneo-Grand Splendid, Tango de Mayo Hotel, Casa Calise, Hotel Chile, CAME Buenos Aires Headquarters, Headquarters UPCN Capital (Personal Civil Union of the Nation).
● In other provinces of the country: Tucumán Government House, Gibert Palace in La Plata, Casa Sucar Museum in Tucumán, Usandivaras Salta Palace, Rosario Spanish Club.
● On the Art Nouveau Pan-American Route: Palacio Salvo in Montevideo (Uruguay) and soon the Palacio de la Libertad in Curitiba (Brazil).

To celebrate the passion and interest in architecture, the association organizes a series of events and cultural meetings in person with a privileged location for members. It is a thematic activity per month in at least ten buildings with guided tours, seminars, galas, concerts and thematic talks included. Invitations are sent by email one month in advance with date, time, address and way to get there.

On March 22, AANBA held the first of this series of events and summoned its partners and interested persons to Palacio Barolo to celebrate its 100 years.
The event consisted of a 1923 Art Deco guided tour, a toast on the 11th floor balcony, and finally a Happy Birthday chant at the palace.

There, part of our RACI team was present to celebrate.


Get to know the Executive Fund Development Program!

The third edition of the Executive Fund Development Program (PROEDEFO) has arrived, organized by the Center for Social Innovation of the University of San Andrés, with the support of the Postgraduate Program in Direction and Management of Social Organizations, Donar Online and AEDROS as an initiative against to the growing financing needs of the social organizations in Latin America.

The program will take place from Tuesday, May 16 to Tuesday, October 31, inclusive, with a total of 80 teaching hours including 5 (five) intensive seminars of 4 (four) modules/classes each, as well as open seminars and conferences.

Classes will be taught online from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay time / 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Colombia, Ecuador and Mexico.

It is an intensive fee-based program that seeks to offer advanced information in Latin America on fundraising, primarily oriented towards the financial sustainability of social organizations. Specifically, PROEDEFO seeks to promote a strategic approach and generate capacities that facilitate and enhance the implementation of innovative models and the adoption of essential tools for the successful management of funds.

The central themes will be:

  • strategic vision of resource mobilization campaigns
  • acquisition of new donors and increase of existing donations
  • developing large donors and increasing existing donations
  • new trends, strategies and tools for fund development
  • direction and management of the fundraising structure

It is intended for executive directors and professionals with a minimum experience of 3 years in fundraising in social organizations.

To register and send reports, you can do so through the email

A certificate of completion of the program will be delivered to those who complete at least 75% of the modules of each intensive seminar and open seminars of the Program (the percentage of attendance of the latter will be calculated taking the 4 open seminars as a weekly of 4 modules). Those who cannot complete that percentage during the year will be able to do so in the next edition, attending the modules that they could not attend to access the certificate.

For more information you can visit their official website or access the following link.


Our networking: Two experiences of global articulation

Inter-regional meeting of Innovation for Change in Thailand

Innovation for Change (I4C) is a global network that emerged more than five years ago with the goal of connecting, partnering, and learning together to defend and strengthen civic space and overcome restrictions on our fundamental freedoms of assembly, association, and expression.

As the years have progressed, this initiative has left behind an initial period of incubation, growing and strengthening a system of governance of its own from the Global South. The inter-regional meeting, held over four days in Bangkok, Thailand, from March 11-14, 2023, was attended by representatives from the seven regional centers around the world. The objective of this was to finalize this institutional strengthening process and co-create new sustainability strategies within the Network.

Getting to know community foundations in Mexico

The RACI team was present in Mexico during the week of February 5-11, on a trip organized by the Mott Foundation to learn about the model of community foundations in the country.

The main purpose of the visit was to be able to meet the founders in person, as well as to understand the importance of community foundations in each territory, the challenges and successes they face. The ultimate purpose of the call had to do with being a source of inspiration to promote, implement and develop the model of community foundations in the Latin American region, especially in the different territories of Argentina.

During the stay, part of our team had the opportunity to meet the Monterrey Community Foundation (Comunidar), the Chihuahense AC Business Foundation (FECHAC), the Guadalajara Foundation Corporation and the Merced de Querétaro Foundation. Likewise, we had the opportunity to learn about Comunalia’s responsibilities as the Support Organization that supports and represents the Community Foundations of Mexico.

In addition, we participated in the annual Connecting Communities in the Americas (CCA) meeting, where we were able to talk with different leaders of community foundations and philanthropic organizations to deepen and share strategies on various issues of concern within the region.

Some of the local foundations that were present were:

  • Support Movement for Abandoned Minors (MAMA, A.C.) that works through a comprehensive care model that seeks to restore the rights of minors living on the streets and minors who work on the street or who are the children of people who work on the street. The main focus of the organization is on their access to food, their emotional and physical health, and their education. The foundation contributes to the restoration of these rights through non-formal education programs that aim to increase their self-awareness and empower them, so that they can adopt new decision-making models and visualize a long-term life project.

You can learn more about his work at the following link.

  • FM4 Paso Libre is dedicated to defending and promoting the human rights of migrants and refugees, comprehensive humanitarian care, political advocacy, and research. It offers its services through its Center for Attention to Migrants and Refugees, where they offer services such as: personal hygiene, clothing, food, telephone service, medical and psychological care, and legal support, among others.

You can learn more about his work at the following link.

  • Colmena Miramar is part of a network of community centers located in Zapopan, Jalisco. Its main objective is to serve as a safe and inclusive space where learning communities are generated through workshops, training, consultancies and other events. In addition, their purpose is to develop tools and share knowledge that promote integral development, strengthen the local community, regenerate the social fabric and contribute to the generation of community projects.

You can learn more about his work at the following link.


RACI Trainings: International Cooperation and Networking

Within the framework of the commemoration for its 20th anniversary, the León Foundation prepared a series of activities in different parts of the city of Tucumán in the month of March, where new projects and programs were presented to continue promoting inclusion and equality.

Within the framework of these activities, on March 9, a face-to-face training was carried out by RACI on International Cooperation and networking for civil society organizations, where more than 130 formal and informal organizations from all over the province participated. from Tucuman. Through various presentations, topics were addressed to strengthen management and leadership in organizations.

The Conference, held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel, was attended by representatives of the public and private sectors, organizations, as well as academics and experts on the subject.

This event was held together with the Government of Tucumán, and the Secretary of State for Liaison with Civil Society Organizations, Gastón Bourlé; the Secretary for International Relations, Mariano Fernández; the director of the León Foundation, Diego Aguilar and María Laura Caniggia, president of the León Foundation; the deputies Mario Leito and Carlos Cisneros; the president of the Ente Tucumán Turismo, Sebastián Giobellina; the deputy controller of the Caja Popular, Hugo Ledesma; the legislator Eduardo Bourlé; Councilor Gonzalo Carrillo and Mariam Gallardo.

The activities began with the registration and welcome of the participants, in charge of the Government of Tucumán and Fundación León, before giving way to the presentation of the training: “How to access International Cooperation: Development of projects and sources of financing”.

It was divided into 6 parts:

  • 1st part: Institutional Presentation of the Argentine Network for International Cooperation (RACI).
  • 2nd part: Importance of the Institutional Development Area.
  • 3rd part: Alliances and networking.
  • 4th part: Introduction to International Cooperation. Resource search strategies: International Cooperation Directory.
  • 5th part: Development of Projects. Characteristics of a project. Goals. Activities. Budget.
  • 6th part: Practical application exercise – Formulating the proposal. Presentation of the practical case of Fundación León: experience (in charge of Fundación León).

Civicus Monitor 2023

Civicus welcomes its new report on the State of Civil Society 2023. This year it launched its twelfth report looking back at 2022 and identifying trends in civil society action, at all levels and in all spheres. From struggles for democracy, inclusion and climate justice to demands for global governance reform.

Through an analysis of the material produced by CIVICUS Lens 2022 and a world plagued with conflicts and crises that characterize this new year, the main result and objective is that civil society continues to strive to make a crucial difference in people’s lives.

The report analyzes civil society action in six different areas:

  • Response to conflicts and crises:

In a world deeply marked by numerous conflicts and crises, civil society continues to mobilize. It works to protect people on the front lines, meet basic needs, reach out to those who have been abandoned or forgotten by governments, and assist the marginalized groups most affected by conflict, including the millions of internally displaced persons. and across borders.

This section not only seeks to demonstrate how civil society works to defend their rights against powerful forces, but also that its value was demonstrated in response to the global emergency represented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Mobilization for economic justice:

The increase in food and fuel prices undoubtedly generates great uncertainty in society and is the trigger for which people organize to go out and protest in the streets. Along with the long-term repercussions of the pandemic, Russia’s war against Ukraine has been a key driver of rising prices for oil, gas, and daily necessities. Consequently, in 2022, more than 12,500 protests were documented in 148 countries at all levels of economic development.

  • Defense of democracy:

 In this section, it is demonstrated that democracy remains a contested terrain and is subject to setbacks around the world. In 2022, democratic forces regained ground in some countries in the face of authoritarian threats. But no long-standing autocracy took significant steps toward democracy, and there were no shifts of power from the military to civilians. Some deeply flawed democracies even regressed further.

  •  Promotion of women’s rights and LGBTQI+

Gender and sexuality remain at the center of social conflicts and protagonists of one of the most hostile scenarios. Civil society continues to work to mobilize solidarity and advocate for rights, and despite the hostility, in 2022 it made some significant progress on rights around the world.

  • Denunciation of the climate emergency

 It has been another year of civil society action aimed at avoiding the worst effects of what is increasingly being recognized as a triple planetary crisis caused by the combined threat of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. But it has also been another year of insufficient action by states, the private sector and the international system. 

  • Demands for global governance reform

 Here, we seek to delve into how the structures and processes of global governance face a formidable test, as is the case with Russia’s war against Ukraine, which undoubtedly put the UN to the test.

The experience should provoke a renewed reflection on the functioning of the international system and its beneficiaries. Civil society critiques of global governance and demands for reform have never been more relevant than today.

CIVICUS presents itself as a global alliance of civil society organizations and activists dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society around the world in order to achieve a more just, inclusive and sustainable society. That is why their annual reports are of great interest to our network and community.

You can access the report through its official website or directly through the following link.




Trends in International Cooperation in Latin America and the Caribbean: financing of social organizations in the region

On Friday, March 31, we present our latest study on International Cooperation Trends in Latin America and the Caribbean.

With the support of Innovation for Change, the research was carried out by our RACI team: Ailen Moreno, Projects and Research Coordinator, and Chiara Castellani, Projects and Research Manager.

The discussion began at 11 a.m. (ARG) with the presentation of the framework of the proposal and the results of the international cooperation report.

This study was carried out in order to have a clear image of what the financing scenario is like today for Civil Society Organizations. We believe that it will be an essential tool to make visible the problems of the region, the most unequal in the world, in the eyes of governments, the largest CSOs, companies and society as a whole.

The research was done through a qualitative-quantitative methodology that included 243 complete responses, 15 interviews with donors and recipients that covered 19 countries and 4 subregions.

During the event, we had a large panel of professionals and experts in International Cooperation to discuss: Carla Musi (OECD), Belén Arce (Banco Galicia), Ines Pousadela (CIVICUS) and Andres Gutierrez León (RECID).

Belén Arce, from Banco Galicia, spoke to us about public-private partnerships and how private sector entities, working together with Civil Society organizations, can multiply the impact of their actions.

Carla Musi, from the OECD, took advantage of the space to present some conclusions from the report Members of the Development Assistance Committee and Civil Society, covering the relationship between the DAC (Development Assistance Committee) and Civil Society and some recommendations when address this link.

For his part, Andrés Gutierrez León, from RECID, shared the importance of renewing the ecosystem of international cooperation for development and argued that international cooperation has several mechanisms and modalities beyond financing understood as resources.

The panel ended with a presentation by Inés Pousadela, from CIVICUS, who discussed our study and a study carried out by CIVICUS, with the support of Innpactia, on access to resources for CSOs.

Soon you will be able to find the complete presentation on our YouTube channel, stay tuned to our social networks where we will announce it.

At RACI we believe in the importance of International Cooperation, not only in a financial sense, but it is about generating alliances and spaces for dialogue, where we can mutually enrich each other and this space, without a doubt, has had that spirit that characterizes us so much.

Thank you all for participating!