What Our Partners Think
(Selected comments from the anonymous Learning Cycle survey of partners):

“AVINA provides a forum that is effective in strengthening our action, providing a feeling of community that motivates us to keep going and overcome and face personal, environmental, social and political difficulties. AVINA gives me confidence and encourages me to keep going.”

"AVINA always serves as a bridge so we can connect and work in an coordinated manner. For me, AVINA is above all a shared space almost a home where I can breathe, learn, share, analyze and charge my batteries, enabling me to see projects through."

"Support from AVINA has allowed our activities to have a greater impact. This represents a huge step as far as the quality of our work is concerned, the way we see it. We feel we are supported with great efficiency, high standards and human warmth."

"I think that AVINA’s role in our country is key to progress toward a more democratic and sustainable society."

"I stress the added value provided by AVINA: its medium-term focus, its patience with organizational processes, its willingness to invest in activities with a high risk of failure, and its investment in collective and effective results instead of a focus on individual action."

"In my case, if AVINA hadn’t appeared on the scene I would have given up. I would like the important work carried out by AVINA to receive greater visibility and its vision and mission to be more widely disseminated."


 

 

 


Partners Share Their Opinion of AVINA

AVINA works with a community of Latin American partners, each one a leader in its respective field of action. The work falls within four strategic areas: equity, democratic governance and rule of law, sustainable economic development and the conservation and management of natural resources. As the graph demonstrates, 31% of our partners consider their work to fall within the framework of sustainable economic development.

In order to strengthen their work, AVINA offers its partners a range of services and a series of opportunities to meet one another, exchange experiences and unite in actions to promote sustainable development in Latin America. Our main contribution is to facilitate joint action through the direct investment of resources and through services that benefit our partners. It is therefore essential that we receive frank and regular feedback from our partners so as to ensure the value of our support. This information is collected on an annual basis with the aid of a questionnaire, which is filled out by our partners. This quantitative exercise, known as the AVINA Learning Cycle, provides valuable input to help us improve our services and better clarify priorities.

Partner Profile

The 2008 survey, carried out by the Argentine company Perspectivas Sociales, was applied to a sample of 600 partners, of which 570 responded. This 95% response rate generated a standard error of +/- 1.26%. Sixty-one percent of partners who replied were men and 39% women, their average age was 46 years, and 94% had benefited from higher education.

The survey also indicated that although the majority of partners are active in civil society, their careers have involved work in other sectors. Ninety-six percent of respondents currently work or have worked in civil society, 69% work or have worked in the private sector, 43% have worked in the public sector and 59% in academia. It is thus not surprising to note that all partners are involved in multi-sector alliances.

AVINA Services

AVINA provides partners with a range of services targeted to their individual needs and initiatives to strengthen them and promote actions with regional impact. In comparison with 2007 the levels of satisfaction with AVINA services increased or remained stable in 2008 with few exceptions, as indicated in the following graph.


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In order to determine which services our partners value most, they were asked to rank them in order of importance. The four most valued services are: financial support, network strengthening, organizational strengthening, and facilitating spaces for reflection and networking. It is interesting to note that there is no marked difference in the ranking of the four services most valued by partners. Thus, the difference between financial support – the service with the highest ranking – and network strengthening was minimal. This indicates that AVINA should continue to place emphasis on a range of key quality services for its partners.

Impact

Another section of questions within the survey indicated the level of agreement of partners with the opinions of their peers. This year 75% – as compared to 71% in 2007 – agreed that “AVINA provides a neutral forum enabling us to link up, overcome geographical boundaries and undertake actions of greater impact.” Seventy-nine percent – compared with 74% in 2007 – agreed that “AVINA has enabled my participation in processes involving shared planning of coordinated actions, increasing the impact of my work as an individual.” ”

AVINA Community

AVINA partners and allies, the target group for the majority of our activities, can be grouped regionally as indicated in the following table.

REGION

LEADERS PARTNERS
ALLIES
TOTAL AVINA
COMMUNITIES
Andean / Mesoamérica
194
797
991
Brasil
172
992
1,164
Cono Sur
334
854
1,188
Grandes Ríos
243
701
944
Continentales
30
791
821
TOTAL
973
4,135
5,108

Allies: those people actively collaborating with the AVINA network, offering or receiving services

Andean / Mesoamérica: Peru, Ecuador,
Colombia, Mesoamérica
Southern Cone: Argentina, Chile
Grandes Ríos: Uruguay and Argentine,
Paraguayan and Bolivian Coastlines
Continental: Strategic Initiatives,
International Bridge-Building, Coasts and Water

Evolution of the AVINA Community

EVOLUTION
2006
2007
2008
Partners
934
924
973
Allies
2,754
3,308
4,135
TOTAL
3,688
4,232
5,108

 


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