FUNIDES and INDE
With the goal of promoting economic and social development in our country, the Nicaraguan Foundation for Economic and Social Development (FUNIDES) and the Nicaraguan Development Institute (INDE) have established a strategic alliance to provide information about FUNIDES studies, analyses and research to the different sectors of the national sphere in different departments of the country.
FUNIDES and EDUQUEMOS
Given that quality education is indispensable to Nicaragua’s economic and social development, the Nicaraguan Foundation for Economic and Social Development (FUNIDES) and the Nicaraguan Educational Forum (EDUQUEMOS) are joining forces through the signing of a Collaboration Agreement for different activities that help promote and implement the recommendations of the National Educational Agenda promoted by FUNIDES.
FUNIDES and USAID
The Nicaraguan Foundation for Economic and Social Development (FUNIDES) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) signed a Cooperation Agreement to implement the program “Promotion of Economic and Social Development in Nicaragua,” to be executed by FUNIDES for a five-year period starting on January 25, 2011. The cooperation agreement is for US$3.6 million, of which USAID – Nicaragua is contributing US$2.5 million.
As part of this agreement, FUNIDES will continue preparing the Informes de Coyuntura Económica (Economic Reports) and promoting other studies and investigations of key issues to achieve greater economic and social growth.
FUNIDES and SWISS AGENCY FOR DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION
FUNIDES signed a Collaboration Agreement with the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC) to help consolidate and intensify the progress achieved by the Foundation in promoting public policies favoring sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction, as well as generating arenas in which new consensuses are promoted on issues considered essential for the country’s socioeconomic and institutional development.
Through this Convention, SDC granted FUNIDES a contribution of US$250,000 for the period between October 2012 and December 2014.
German Cooperation and FUNIDES
FUNIDES and German Cooperation collaborate closely. The Integrated Experts Program of GTZ’s Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM)) supports the work of FUNIDES through the post of Main Economist on Institutional and Social Issues. In this way the Institutional and Social Areas was created in FUNIDES to develop the research agenda on issues related to economic governance, education and the labor market, as well as associated issues. Together with the Embassy of the German Federal Republic and the Nicaraguan-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce, FUNIDES co-organizes Business Club events directed to business world leaders.
"Dialogue for Development"
With the financial backing of the Netherlands, Swiss Development Cooperation and the Royal Embassy of Denmark, FUNIDES promoted the “Dialogue for Development” project signed in March 2011 and finalized in June 2012. Through this support, FUNIDES continued developing an agenda of research issues to raise the general population’s awareness and sensibility about the close links among governance, economic development, poverty reduction, job generation, quality education and their impact on Nicaraguans’ daily life.
Each of the studies was presented publicly to different sectors of the national sphere to promote dialogue and create consensus that would contribute to a more shared vision of the country’s priorities and have a greater impact on poverty reduction, job generation and investment.
FUNIDES and COSEP (Superior Council of Private Enterprises by its acronyms in Spanish)
FUNIDES and COSEP established a cooperation agreement given their common interest in creating closer cooperation relations with diverse organizations and members of the private sector and taking advantage of the complementary strengths of each institution to bolster their impact on the promotion of the country’s economic and social development. This agreement proposes joint efforts to inform, train and transfer knowledge to Nicaragua’s diverse productive/business sectors and associations about issues related to the country’s economic policy.
FUNIDES and UCA
FUNIDES and Managua’s Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) have created closer relations to strengthen reciprocal collaboration in the development of activities of common interest, such as lectures on issues of mutual interest and the exchange of methodologies that could be reciprocally validated. This alliance helps provide a platform for making FUNIDES’ research agenda compatible with the programming of lectures at the UCA to create an arena for reflection among students, educators, researchers and key stakeholders, contributing to the discussion and proposal of solutions to the identified problems.
FUNIDES and FUSADES
FUNIDES signed a Technical Cooperation Agreement with its homologue, the Salvadoran Foundation for Economic and Social Development (FUSADES) on October 4, 2011, in Managua.
Following the signing of the agreement, both institutions dedicated to promoting social and economic development in their respective countries will conduct projects in line with their respective institutional policies, which will involve coordination, cooperation and planning of joint activities, exchange of experiences and training in accord with each party’s research experiences and public policy proposals.
FUNIDES is part of the Central American Network of Think Tanks and Advocacy Centers (la RED)
In 2012 FUNIDES joined the Guatemala-based Central American Network of Think Tanks and Advocacy Centers. This network (known as la RED in Spanish) is made up of a group of research, analysis and advocacy institutions that, given the challenges facing the region, have agreed on joint public policy works favoring the wellbeing of the populations of the isthmus.
Other institutions and think tanks belonging to the Network are: The Association of Research and Social Studies (ASIES) and Foundation for the Development of Guatemala (FUNDESA) in Guatemala; the National Foundation for Development (FUNDE) and Salvadoran Foundation for Economic and Social Development (FUSADES) in El Salvador; the Institute of Public Policy Research (IIPP) in Honduras; the Foundation for Peace and Democracy (FUNPADEM) in Costa Rica; and the Institute of Strategic Studies and Public Policies (IEEPP) in Nicaragua.