ORIGIN & HISTORY OF THE ORGANISATION

The organisation was founded in 1977, with the motivation to attend to the least protected and poorest sectors of society; marginalised rural, indigenous and urban areas. It started through the Base Ecclesial Communities (CEBs) who work for and with the poor to achieve equity and wellbeing.

In the 1980s, Equipo Pueblo began to regionalise its work in order to better accompany the processes of social organisation that were being built up and which were to become social movements, thereby combining the logic of the movement with that of professionalisation and the design of alternative proposals.

From 2000 onwards, Equipo Pueblo reaffirmed its commitment to act in favour of the transformations demanded by most of the sectors that make up Mexican society. Since 2006, Equipo Pueblo has strengthened its public policy advocacy strategy in order to influence local and national spaces from the perspective of development, democracy, and the promotion and exercise of economic, social, cultural and environmental rights. In addition to strengthening the evaluation of the impact of macroeconomic measures resulting from trade agreements and multilateral organisations, particularly development cooperation and the MDGs and subsequently the SDGs of the 2030 Agenda approved in 2015, as well as lobbying for alternative proposals from regional and global civil society.

Today, we favour the strategy of articulating the civil force, building alliances with other social actors, to influence in different areas, to review and modify the trends and tensions caused by the economic model, within a framework of guaranteeing all the rights of people and in particular the freedoms and rights of civil society.

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES 

  • To build substantive citizenship for the deliberation and management of proposals on the issues of the social, economic and sustainable development agenda at local, national, regional and international levels.
  • Collaborate in the generation of intersectoral-formal spaces for dialogue through debates, proposals and initiatives on democracy and development, with a focus on rights and equity in diversity.
  • To influence public policies with consistent, viable and inclusive proposals at local, national, regional and international levels, from a human rights and gender perspective.
  • Actively monitor the implementation and progress of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the country.
  • Expand – diversify alliances with other social and civil organisations in the country and at regional and international levels for the generation of an enabling environment for civil society organisations.
  • Produce, disseminate knowledge and recover knowledge, through research and analysis, on issues of interest to Equipo Pueblo.

INSTITUTIONAL PROGRAMMES

  • Advocacy in Local Development
  • Articulation of Social Actors for Advocacy
  • Citizen Diplomacy
  • Gender and Women’s Rights
  • Institutional Sustainability

EMBLEMATIC PROCESSES

Equipo Pueblo has developed an important experience in training and capacity building for CSOs. We specialise in institutional strengthening strategies, training hundreds of CSOs, establishing links and diverse alliances, favouring processes of articulation and political dialogue, as well as providing specific advice on planning and impact evaluation. Equipo Pueblo’s areas of specialisation have been training and capacity building for CSOs on issues related to the promotion and encouragement of civil society participation and, in general, the environment in which they operate. Among others, these include participation mechanisms, political dialogue, as well as the impact or transformations achieved by CSOs, including public advocacy.

Considering the national and regional issues that we monitor, we have found that alliances with other CSOs and the articulation with networks or platforms in other countries in the LAC region have been strategic to confront, respond to and propose public decisions or policies that are implemented – generally without consultation – and that do not directly benefit the populations. Measures that go against the exercise or violate the rights of people and communities require civil society to take a stand, to express ourselves and make our alternative proposals visible, and to contain the closure of civic space.

One way is to collaborate and promote the generation of intersectoral-formal spaces for dialogue through debates, proposals and initiatives for governance, the defence of universal human rights, which translates into different processes or projects at the national, regional and international levels, and to position the agenda of CSOs with alternative proposals and lobbying strategies before decision-makers.

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