U.S. Embassy, Fund of the Americas organize Capacity
Building workshop for NGOs
Economist Roberto Fernandez leads workshop
to assist Uruguayan NGOs in their grant writing endeavors
June 2, 2004
U.S. Embassy, Montevideo, and the Fund of the Americas in
Uruguay organized a “Seminar on Capacity Building
for NGOs” to assist Uruguayan Non-Governmental Organizations
(NGOs) in their grant writing endeavors. The workshop was
held May 25th in the Fund of the Americas headquarters.
The workshop was led by renowned Uruguayan
educator and economist Roberto Fernández, who has
extensive experience in both the formulation and evaluation
of development projects. More than 30 representatives of
Uruguayan NGOs attended the seminar.
Dr. Alba Peralta, president of the Fund
of the Americas, and David Foran, assistant political officer
at the US Embassy, opened the conference.
"Any group that you approach for assistance,
be it governmental, corporate, or a foundation, will require
a written justification before awarding money," Foran
explained. "The words you put in front of these people
may be the only opportunity to make your case for help.
The importance of a well thought out, well written proposal
cannot be overstated.”
Dr. Peralta emphasized that so far the Fund
of the Americas has financed more than 102 projects throughout
Uruguay, bringing the total to nearly US$5.5 million.
The Fund of the Americas was created in
June 25, 1993, through an agreement between the U.S. and
Uruguayan governments to promote activities that would help
to conserve, protect or improve management of Uruguay’s
natural and biological resources in a sustainable and ecologically
safe manner, while at the same time promoting improvements
in the field of child development.
Before lunch, Ms. Gabriela Boyer, representative
of the Inter-American Fund (IAF) for the southern cone,
lectured on the institution. The IAF, a foreign assistance
agency of the United States government, responds to innovative,
participatory and sustainable self-help development projects
proposed by grassroots groups in Latin America and the Caribbean
and the organizations which support them. Since 1972, the
IAF has made 4,464 grants for more than US$557 million.
According to Ms. Boyer, one of the most
important tasks of the IAF is “to form alliances between
grassroots organizations and non-profits, industry and local
governments with the purpose of improving not only the quality
of life of the most needy, but also to improve participation,
responsibility and democratic practices.”
Boyer mentioned that the IAF is currently
calling for project proposals which, to be eligible for
this round of funding, will be due June 30, 2004.