Latin American Partners
CoDev works in three different program areas with women’s organizations, unions and community-based groups that have a vision of sustainable development and a focus on empowerment of their membership and civil society generally.
Take a look at our map to see where CoDev’s partners are doing incredible work.
Coming soon. We are preparing fact sheets for each of our Latin American partners and the work we do with them. Check back in the spring for these useful and informative documents!
Please note: Hyperlinks on partner names will take you to their websites, which are predominantly in Spanish.
Education Rights: Building Solidarity for Public Education
FECODE (Colombian Educators’ Federation) became a CoDev partner in 2010. Along with Canadian Partners (BCTF, CSQ and OSSTF) CoDev supports FECODE’s work doing development of democratic education in Colombia through the Alternative Education and Pedagogical Project (PEPA).“The Project with CoDevelopment Canada has helped us a great deal, through this relationship we have obtained economic cooperation that has enabled us to grow, to train ourselves in the different themes related to gender issues and analysis. We have learned to resolve our problems ourselves and we have grown significantly as female leaders at the different levels of the union – national, provincial and municipal. We have had an impact in our own union and in some other institutions.” Gloria Aguirre, Gender Equity Secretary, CGTEN-ANDEN, Nicaragua
FOMCA (Federation of Central American Teachers’ Organizations) has been a CoDev partner since 1997. Along with Canadian Partners (ATA, BCTF and STA) CoDev supports the FOMCA Women Teachers Program that includes regional (Central America) and national components. National components include STEG in Guatemala, COLPROSUMAH in Honduras, COPEMH in Honduras, CGTEN-ANDEN in Nicaragua, SEC in Costa Rica, FREP in Panama, and ANDES in El Salvador. The FOMCA regional program brings together women teacher leaders from throughout Central America for training and exchanges of experiences. Follow-up support is provided for related training at the national level for each component organization.
IDEA (Initiative for Democratic Education in the Americas) has been a CoDev partner since 1999. Along with Canadian Partner BCTF, CoDev supports IDEA’s work building an Americas-wide movement of defenders of public education armed with the research background and grassroots support needed to advance effective, democratic and universal public education systems throughout the Western Hemisphere.
SNTECD (National Union of Education, Science and Sports Workers) in Cuba has been a CoDev partner since 1997. Along with Canadian Partner (BCTF) CoDev supports SNTECD’s union steward training program at the provincial, municipal and worksite levels in order to create a union that better represents the interests of members.
SUTEP (Education Workers Union of Peru) was the founding Latin American partner in 1985. Along with Canadian Partner BCTF, CoDev supports SUTEP’s women leadership training program, which aims to increase women teachers’ roles in their union and schools, strengthen the union, and improve public education.
Human Rights: Strengthening Grassroots Community-Led Development
APSIES (Salvadoran Association for Integrated Health and Social Services) has been a CoDev partner since 1991. Along with Canadian Partners (BCGEU, FPSE, HEU and HSA) CoDev supports APSIES’s work strengthening health rights and women’s rights in rural communities.
Casa ArteSana in Guatemala, with whom CoDev has had a long relationship, became a partner in 2007. Along with our Canadian Partner the Hawthorne Foundation, CoDev supports Casa ArteSana’s work as a women’s collective that operates a cultural centre and café in Guatemala City and works with female prisoners in art therapy and rights training.
NOMADESC (Association for Research and Social Action) in Colombia became a CoDev partner in 2003. Along with Canadian Partners (BCGEU, CALL, CUPE-BC, CUPE-National and CUPE Local 1949) CoDev supports NOMADESC’s work doing human rights education and defence initiatives with unions, indigenous and Afro-descendent communities in Colombia.
SNTAP (National Union of Public Administration Workers) in Cuba has been a CoDev partner since 1996. Along with Canadian Partners (CUPE-BC and CUPE-National) CoDev supports SNTAP’s work building their democratic union.
Labour Rights: Women Maquila Workers
“CoDev’s support has been fundamental to achieving the successes we have in protecting the rights of women workers in the free trade zones. These are difficult times for everyone, for you, for us, and we believe that solidarity must be maintained to continue to promote the rights of both our countries’ most vulnerable women.” Sandra Ramos, MEC
CODEMUH (Honduran Women’s Collective) has been a CoDev partner since 1998. Along with Canadian Partners (BCGEU, HEU, HSA and CUPE National) CoDev supports CODEMUH’s work helping women workers defend their health rights.
MEC (Maria Elena Cuadra Movement of Employed and Unemployed Women) in Nicaragua has been a partner of CoDev’s since 1994. Along with Canadian Partners (BCGEU, CALL, CUPE-BC, CUPE-National, HEU and UNA) CoDev supports MEC’s work in the legal defense of maquila workers.
The Central American Women’s Network in Solidarity with Maquila Workers (The Network) has been a partner of CoDev’s since 2002. Along with Canadian Partners (BCGEU, CUPE-National, FPSE, HEU and HSA) CoDev supports The Network’s work to improve workers’ rights across Central America.