Socios-Mexico/Centro de Colaboración Cívica, A.C.
Centro de Colaboracion Civica (CCC), Partners-Mexico, is a pioneering organization in the field of multi-sectoral conflict resolution and consensus-building in Mexico. Created in 2005 as a nonpartisan nonprofit organization, CCC's mission is to "strengthen Mexico's democracy by promoting constructive dialogues, collaborative processes and conflict management toward legitimate, effective and sustainable agreements on matters of public interest; and strengthening citizens' capabilities to enhance social change in the context of democratic and inclusive decision-making."
The Center focuses on four main program areas:
1. Resolving Public Policy Issues through Consensus Facilitation
The Center brings together diverse sectors of society to resolve public disputes and concerns. Working with civil society, private sector and government representatives, the Center identifies disputes that could benefit from a multi-stakeholder dialogue process, designs and facilitates inclusive processes to address the varying interests, helps the participants reach consensus-based solutions, and ensures effective implementation of the agreements reached. Partners-Mexico currently is applying this methodology to the following program:
- Dialogue on Climate Change and National Security--This program convenes decision-makers from different sectors in Mexico to promote dialogue regarding the impacts of climate change in Mexico. The objective of the program is to build legitimate, stable and effective agreements that can address, particularly from Mexico's legislative branch, the risks to national security as well as the opportunities to mitigate the effects of climate change in Mexico.
- CCC has also developed resources based on its experience working with government:
- Multi Stakeholder Dialogue and Consensus Building in the Legislative Branch: Best International Practices in Design and Facilitation (2007-2009)
- This guide is a compilation of suggestions and recommendations based on 16 interviews with international experts in the democratic dialogue field. The guide provides information about the design, implementation, and evaluation of national legislative dialogues.
- A Congress without Majorities: Best Practices in Negotiation and Consensus Building (2009)
- This investigation project seeks to contribute to the development of dialogue capacities for building legitimate, stable and effective agreements within Mexico's legislative branch through the documentation and systematization of best practices in legislative negotiation as well as by reducing the barriers for dialogue and democratic deliberation among legislations from different parties and stakeholders in the legislative process. CCC organized a group of collaborators to develop case studies. These organizations include Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Instituto Mora, and the Foundation Este País. The group chose eight major instances of consensus-building in Mexico's 2006-2009 legislative term to examine and have interviewed stakeholders. The book is possible due to the contributions from the British Embassy, Mexico's Senate, and the participating organizations.
2. Collaboration for Sustainable Development in the California Gulf
Ecosystems-based Management for Shrimp Fisheries: EBM (2007-2010)
EBM is a multi-stakeholder initiative including INAPESCA (The National Fishery Institute), research institutions, and environmental groups concerned with the impact of shrimp fishing on the environment. CCC works to develop links between the research and the fishing communities in order to discuss and develop ecosystem-based management models for shrimp fisheries. The project seeks to find ways to maximize shrimp fishing opportunities while reducing negative impacts to the environment.
Loreto's Bay National Park
In 2008 Community and Biodiversity (COBI), a Mexican organization devoted to promoting the marine and coastal biodiversity conservation through community participation, requested CCC's support in designing and implementing a transparent and participatory consultation revision of the "Loreto's Bay Management Program." The consultation process worked with 65 stakeholders, including owners of eco-tourism businessess, owners and operators of fishing boats, hotel and tourist area developers, and local and federal authorities. The Protected Areas National Commission (CONANP) will develop and carry out the new management program based on the findings from the participatory consultation.
3. Public Security Dialogues
CCC is assisting in the creation of a National Safe Schools Program. The Public Education Ministry (SEP) in conjunction with the Latin American School of Social Sciences (FLACSO) have requested CCC's particiaption to design courses, train trainers, to give a training to public school principals across Mexico to better handle conflicts and violence in their schools.
In order for the field of change and conflict management to continue to produce new ideas and talent, new generations of leaders need to be educated in theory and practice. Partners-Mexico is working closely with Mexican universities to strengthen their existing change and conflict management courses and to incorporate new curricula regarding multi-party stakeholder mediation.
4. Building an Institutional Culture of Cooperative Change Management
In addition to fostering increased cooperation between sectors, the Center provides key NGOs, businesses and local governments with the skills to effectively manage change and resolve disputes within their own institutions and networks. By training participants from each sector to mainstream these methodologies in their own organizations, the Center broadly multiplies the application of these models and builds a culture of cooperative change management throughout society. Capacity-building work includes:
- Strengthening civil society’s change management skills in the areas of communication and negotiation, coalition building, cooperative planning, meeting facilitation and cooperative advocacy.
- Building transparent, accountable and effective local government with an improved capacity to work with disparate groups, involve constituents in decision-making, negotiate among multiple interests, and facilitate community dialogues.
- Developing the private sector’s ability to resolve disputes and manage change by involving stakeholders in project design and implementation, building effective partnerships, and mediating labor disputes.
Most recently, CCC in coordination with the Centro de Orientación y Apoyo a los Pueblos Indígenas (Orientation and Support Center for Indigenous Communities) is working to provide conflict resolution tools to indigenous communities, organizations, and local decision-makers and state authorities. CCC is specifically aiming to incorporate indigenous communities’ own experience to develop systems for conflict resolution as well as the latest best practices in consensus building methodologies.