The Ibero-American Foundation of Cultures (FIBRAS) is a non-governmental organization created in 2001 by a group of citizens to promote and enhance the cultural heritage of the country, the social debate of ideas, municipalism, the political governance of Nicaragua within the process of far-reaching reforms to the institutional order, inter-agency cooperation and the promotion of civics in their scales, as well as the Central American and Latin American, region in the current process of globalization and integration. There are known personalities of cultural, political and social life of the country belong to FIBRAS. This Foundation is duly approved in the National Assembly of Nicaragua. ... read more The Ibero-American Foundation of Cultures (FIBRAS) is a non-governmental organization created in 2001 by a group of citizens to promote and enhance the cultural heritage of the country, the social debate of ideas, municipalism, the political governance of Nicaragua within the process of far-reaching reforms to the institutional order, inter-agency cooperation and the promotion of civics in their scales, as well as the Central American and Latin American, region in the current process of globalization and integration. There are known personalities of cultural, political and social life of the country belong to FIBRAS. This Foundation is duly approved in the National Assembly of Nicaragua. It has its perpetual number 2299 according to the authorities of the Ministry of the Interior of Nicaragua, bringing the tax and legal requirements for the realization of its objectives. The direction bodies of FIBRAS are the General Assembly and the Board of Directors, responsible for ensuring the good financial and programmatic implementation of the activities that are under their responsibility. The current members of its Board of Directors are: President: Cristhian Rodrigo Fajardo Knight; Vice-President: Carlos Tunnermann Bernheim; Treasurer: Jesus David Arguello Mendoza; Secretary: Maria Antonieta Fiallos Gutierrez; Prosecutor: Julio Ernesto Icaza Gallard. Made up of the main task force of FIBRAS: the Executive Directorate, currently exercised by Violeta Granera Padilla; the administrative unit and financial; the Coordinator of the leadership Institute of Civil society (ILCS) Gabriela Grillo; the MpN project officer, Zoila Salgado; The Communicator, Winston Potosme, and two territorial coordinators for the North and South of the country. FIBRAS relies on the voluntary work of the members of the MpN and the ILCS. To run its programs for citizen participation and civic training, FIBRAS has the collaboration of international organizations such as the National Endwoment For Democracy (NED); the Republican International Institute (IRI); The Institute democratic international (NDI), the Open Society Insttitue (of the Soros Foundation), mutual fund governance (for European countries), USAID, as well as with the support of friendly countries of Nicaragua, such as Japan and China Taiwan, among others. Since 2006, FIBRAS has been working to promote democratic culture, supporting the implementation of two major areas of work: the promotion of citizen participation, in coordination with the MpN; and civic training, with an emphasis on youth, in coordination with Leadership Institute from Civil society (ILCS), driven by the MpN in response to the need of forming new leaderships for democratic change. Movimiento por Nicaragua (MpN) Movimiento por Nicaragua is a civic, non-partisan, it was founded in November 2004, product of the concern of a heterogeneous group of interested Nicaraguans in influencing issues affecting our country, whose initial proposals were reflected in the Basic Agenda of the nation. Currently MpN has more than 2,000 affiliates in Nicaragua and out of the country. The direction bodies of MpN are: General Assembly, formed by representatives of its regional chapters; and the Executive Committee that guide the lines of the motion work and develop strategic plans to be approved by the General Assembly and the annual operative plans. The current members of the Executive Committee, elected by the General Assembly, are: Carlos Tunnermann Berheim, Julio Icaza Gallard, Gabriel Alvarez, Melvin Sotelo, Maria Gabriela Berrios, Marvin Gomez, Jorge Sarria, Bernardo Pastora, Benjamin Lugo and Diego Montiel. The coordination of this CE is rotating. The mission of the MpN is "build, strengthen and defend, with broad participation, democracy, freedom and the well-being of the people of Nicaragua" and his Vision is: "Nicaragua with a citizenry engaged, participatory and organized to defend and strengthen democracy, freedom and the rule of law. With institutions that respond to the interests of the nation and promote peace and the well-being of its inhabitants". The objectives of its Strategic Plan 2011-2013 are: 1. the MpN preparing and organizing citizens in the defense of their areas of participation for the strengthening of democracy. 2. The MpN focusing on the strengthening of the democratic institutions of the country. 3. The MpN is sustainable and accessible to its membership and the public. The main areas of action of the MpN, at both national and local levels, have been: (a) promoting the right to the documentation and the vote of Nicaraguans who live inside and outside Nicaragua (b) denounce and demand respect for the rule of law and democratic governance, documenting and disseminating human rights violation cases (c) raise awareness of the importance of the exercise of citizenship for the sustainability of democracy, through activities to analyze the reality and promote responsible citizenship (d) propose solutions to defend democracy in Nicaragua, facilitating the development of Agendas at national and local levels, and disseminating analyses and official positions on issues of their mission (e) promoting informed, respectful and free discussion of ideas, through forums, discussions, and meetings with citizens, both at the national and local levels. (f) open space for the Organization and citizens participation, such as the establishment of local and international chapters; support picket of protest and mass mobilizations at the national level, known as civic blue and white marches, which have ranged between a participation of more than 100,000 to 8,000 people, whose call has been established alliances with various social organizations. A Saturday radio program "The MpN in March", which has already fulfilled his five years on air (g) promote the participation of young people in addressing social and political issues affecting this sector, with adjusted methodologies and approaches of learning making dramas or popular theatres. A transverse axis of the policies of the MpN is the promotion and establishment of strategic partnerships with various sectors of civil society. The MpN is a member of important national spaces of coordination, such as the promoter group of electoral reforms (GPRE), which brings together more than fifteen (15) national CSOs; and international, such as the one (unit of Nicaraguan Americans) in South of Florida. The MpN has established strategic alliances with national and international media, and has become a reference point for consultation and the dissemination of analysis, comments and suggestions on national affairs. The MpN has an internal regulation; a strategic plan and strategies for sustainability and communication. Their website is www.mpn.org.ni and the social network Facebook and Twitter. Institute of Leadership of the Civil Society The Institute's leadership of the Civil Society (ILCS), founded in February of 2007, is the organ of the Ibero-American Foundation of cultures (FIBRAS) training, in partnership with the Universidad Americana (UAM), through an agreement of institutional collaboration with FIBRAS and with the support of the Scout Association of Nicaragua. The Institute was the result of a process of reflection in October 2006 with CSOs in the country convened by FIBRAS, on the need to organize a leadership center in Nicaragua, with focus on development of democratic values and to strengthen the capacities of organizations of civil society in Nicaragua. The ILSC programs are a contribution to the search of the Nicaraguan people to build an "open society". The ILCS foundational economic resources were awarded by Open Society Institute, through the approval of a grant with the goal of creating a centre of training and leadership development that, from civil society, attend to the needs of education in this subject for citizens immersed in various processes of local development, advocacy, building citizenship and citizen participation. Through the ILSC, FIBRAS supports a broad community of local leaders and non-profit organizations in the necessary process of strengthening their abilities of leadership and citizen advocacy, tools and knowledge appropriate to the national context of democratic transition. The ILCS has an Advisory Board, for strategic decision-making comprised of members of FIBRAS, MpN, ILSC, American University (UAM), and representation of graduates. These are people who donate their time and expertise in monthly meetings and ad hoc processes to review and improve strategies and methodologies. Currently the members of the Board of Directors of the ILSC are: Maria Gabriela Berrios, Member Board directive FIBRAS, Melvin Sotelo, Member Committee Executive MpN, Felix Maradiaga, academic Coordinator of the Council of direction ILSC, Maria Jesus Fuentes, Dean of International Affairs from American University, Manuel Salgado, ILSC teachers and Director of the program of entrepreneurship of American University, Jose Antonio Barreto, Representative of the alumni network of the ILCS and Violeta Granera, Executive Director FIBRAS/MpN/ILCS. The mission of the ILCS is: "Developing capacities of civic and transformative leadership in Nicaraguan citizens of high commitment with democracy and freedom". And its Vision is: "build a network of free and responsible citizens engaged in new forms of leadership to build a democratic society. The ILSC becomes the main national reference in the formation and development of civic leadership". The lines of its Strategic Plan 2011-2015 are: 1. development of new leadership, 2. promotion of Social Capital for change and 3. Strengthening of Institutional capacities. The programs developed to date include thirteen (13) graduates of effective leadership from Civil society; two (2) courses of specialization for
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