Cut to Federal Assistance to Indigenous Communities on International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

August 9 is the world’s day on which we honor how indigenous peoples are inheritors and practitioners of unique cultures and ways of relating to people and the environment.

In 2018, the United Nations focuses on the current situation of indigenous territories, the root causes of migration, trans-border movement and displacement.

PSYDEH, playing its small part in this pursuit in Mexico, spent the day executing our duties as a member of the national citizen board advising the Mexican federal government on proper indigenous community development policy.

There, in the 53rd meeting of the Consejo Consultivo in Queretaro, Mexico, PSYDEH’s General Coordinator Jorge Echeverría and his fellow board members learned about the federal government’s expected 50% cut in assistance for indigenous communities, including a $130 million peso cut in development assistance to indigenous communities in Hidalgo alone.

“Fruits of Change” Project Leads to More Progress in the Field & Transparency

Yesterday, PSYDEH staff and the indigenous women-led network of local-focused NGOs met in a major step forward for PSYDEH’s ongoing “Fruits of Change” project.

We celebrated important progress such as:

 

 

–  “the embroidery initiative” where PSYDEH strategically invests in women leader artisans’ crafts to help these NGO leaders and budding businesswomen improve understanding of such concepts as quality control and production and pricing.

 

 

 

 

– Empowering NGO leaders to think strategically using a SWOT analysis exercise for each NGO with the goal of producing by fall 2018 (a) their own respective development policies and (b) their own project plans.  They will use these to participate in PSYDEH’s forthcoming GlobalGiving crowdfunded Seed Fund initiative where PSYDEH uses global-investor funds to empower the NGOs to produce their own projects and thus create the institutional memory and experience they need to sustain themselves.

We also were thrilled to meet women partners’ ongoing demands for transparency around how we use GlobalGiving project funds. Their request for this information is exhibit A of the social impact/women leader growth we help to incubate. We methodically and consistently encourage women partners and their NGOs to own their power as women and leaders and entrepreneur artisans. Through purposed training and consistent support around rights and responsibilities, including encouraging them to make demands of themselves and PSYDEH and other, we rupture a paradigm. And, in this “rupturing”, we see evidence that we are in fact making impact. And they see this, too. This is good.

NGO leaders take a vote to proceed with Seed Fund strategic planning

Otomí or Hñahñu leader of the Tenango de Doria “Flower of the Forrest” NGO taking notes on paper donated by PSYDEH volunteers

Nahua leaders of the Acaxochitlán NGO “Yolki Ino Yolo” reviewing the core elements of their before PSYDEH’s August 18 strategic planning session around formal updating of these documents.

Work Efficiency & Strategic Planning Is Underway

In early August, PSYDEH staff focused on technology and program design and execution met in our Tulancingo office.

There, we adopted a new strategy for our virtual team to smartly integrate the video communications solution ZOOM and the team collaboration software Slack for improved information sharing while doubling down on our use of Box and Google drive for document storage.  Moreover, we agreed on a way forward for executing multiple elements of our ongoing GlobalGiving “Fruits of Change” project–storytelling training, embroidery initiative and seed fund–and our forthcoming INAI project.  

Graduating from GlobalGiving’s 2018 Social Impact Academy

PSYDEH graduates from GlobalGiving’s (GG) six-week long 2018 Social Impact Academy (the Academy) under Special Coordinator Katie Freund’s leadership.

In the Academy, global experts in social impact use video conferencing and webinars, take-home readings and real-world assignments to help PSYDEH, a superstar in GG’s network with ongoing crowdfunding projects, and 49 other NGOs from around the world. We strengthen our social impact measurement and evaluation tools, learn social change and community engagement theories, and explore how best to share our impact stories.

The Academy has helped PSYDEH to produce positive outcomes. As Katie states, “This was an incredible opportunity to learn about the vast array of tools and resources available to us as a small, forward-thinking organization working to make a sustainable impact. I’m excited for what PSYDEH can do with this information both now and as we scale our work in the future.”

Specific outcomes include:

– Improved clarity on our vision for social impact and how we achieve it.

24 new rewards points, helping PSYDEH to continue to gain new opportunities and collaborations with GG like our ongoing Route2Good project.

– Three new SMART goals for PSYDEH and community partners (Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic and Time-Bound) reflecting how we achieve social impact. These are based on the Academy’s insights on the information, resources, and processes available and necessary for determining and improving said impact.

PSYDEH Publishes Spanish versions of its 2017 Annual Report

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2017-2018 have been seminal years for PSYDEH. As explored in our Spanish language version of our 2017 annual report, through education, organizing and microeconomic work, we plant more seeds for immediate and long-term social impact. We learn and adapt to changing circumstances. And we remain committed to our multi-year plan, helping us to harvest strategic success and produce new firsts and wins.

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Producing A Business-Support Initiative with Bank of America & GlobalGiving

2018 is an important year for PSYDEH’s now almost two year collaboration with US-and UK-based GlobalGiving (GG). GG is the largest global crowdfunding community in the world, connecting NGOs, individual donors, and companies.

Most recently, we’ve been chosen by GlobalGiving to participate in a needed business support collaboration initiative with Bank of America (BoA).

This exciting development follows myriad other small and big wins with GG. For example, our crowdfunding performance ranks in the top 3% of the 1000s of NGOs collaborating with GG. We have launched multiple crowdfunding projects, including our ongoing project titled, “Seed Fund Indigenous Women Solving Local Problems” raising funds we now use to produce strong progress and increased transparency with indigenous women partners. We’re in midstream of our exciting Route2Good collaboration with the global digital communications Dentsu Aegis Network. We’ve been selected to sit on GG’s global leader counsel and will soon graduate from their 2018 Social Impact Academy.

With our BoA collaboration, ten BoA interns from around the world will review a white paper prepared by PSYDEH and GG staff around this charge:

How can PSYDEH adapt its online messaging and communications platform to better reach global individual and institutional donors?”

Upon completing their research and internal analysis in late summer 2018, PSYDEH and the BoA staff will discuss their practical solution-oriented proposals.

This is just another mutually beneficial collaboration between PSYDEH, GG and GG’s corporate partners where (1) PSYDEH receives unique, global perspectives on how we have and can better communicate with donor-investors; (2) BoA will practice their approach to helping NGOs like PSYDEH while helping their interns to develop presentation and problem-solving skills; and (3) GG forges more social capital between its corporate and NGO partners.