1. In 2012, Avina expanded its presence in Latin America by consolidating its operations in Mexico and launching operations in Venezuela. Currently the organization works in 21 Latin American countries. Avina has a physical presence in 15 nations through self-regulated teams that work in virtual offices and in traditional face-to-face settings. Avina also supports activities in six other countries―Cuba, El Salvador, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Suriname―through links with allies and networks.

 

2. The total volume of resources mobilized in 2012 to benefit the strategies for impact we support surpassed $73 million. Avina invested $12.4 million in 718 new initiatives with allies across the region, and helped channel another $47 million from other financial donors to the initiatives of allies. Avina also invested $13.3 million through its own actions in these strategies.

 

3. Avina contributed to 96 concrete changes in 2012. These advances benefit millions of people throughout the region. According to our achievement rating system, 15 of those changes each had a direct or indirect impact on more than one million people in Latin America. Many of these achievements are described in this report.

 

4. In 2012, Avina completed the five-year plan begun in 2008. The five-year plan covered a very successful period of achievement and institutional consolidation that served as motivation as the entire staff formulated strategies and objectives for the next five years. After a participatory planning process in 2012, Avina created and introduced its five-year plan for the 2013-2017 period which emphasizes valuing public goods and speeding the transition toward a new economy that promotes social progress and mitigates inequality in Latin America, while preserving its natural resources.

 

5. In the new five-year plan, Avina focuses its portfolio on nine regional initiatives that represent opportunities to have an impact on sustainable development in Latin America. These include Access to Water, Sustainable Cities, Energy, the Amazon Biome Strategy, Migration, Inclusive Recycling, the South American Chaco, Extractive Industries and Democratic Institutions. The teams of these opportunities have expanded their network of alliances in the 21 countries in the region where Avina is active, creating strong working relationships with hundreds of local, national and global organizations.

6. Aligned with the opportunities portfolio, Avina has created four tools and services for impact: Climate Change, Technology for Social Change, the Social Progress Index and Impact Businesses. These tools create value and foster innovation and help advance each of the opportunities, individually and in combination.

 

7. During 2012, Fundación Avina and Avina Americas established or renewed alliances with several organizations in order to support strategies to reach common objectives in the region. Some of these organizations are private foundations such as Ford Foundation, Oak Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Omidyar Network, Rockefeller Foundation and Skoll Foundation. Others are private sector companies including The Coca-Cola Company  and Xylem Inc.

 

8. With the goal of promoting the causes advanced by Avina and its allies, the organization continued to maintain a strong digital presence in 2012, including the official website and social media accounts on Twitter (with more than 2,000 followers) and Facebook (with more than 5,600 subscribers), as well as a Youtube channel.

 

9. Avina also supported a series of publications in 2012. Commissioned by Fundación Avina, the economist and sociologist Ricardo Abramovay published his book, Muito Além da Economia Verde (Far Beyond the Green Economy), in June of 2012. With a foreword by Brazil’s former Environment Minister Marina Silva, and support from Fundación Avina, the book describes a new economy, one that stimulates social cooperation and natural resource conservation and regeneration. Seven other books were published in 2012 with Avina’s support: Guide to Creating Sustainability Reports, Learning About Compensation and  Payments for Environmental Services, Financial Mechanisms for Water in Latin America (all in Spanish),  and studies about the advance of the Millennium Development Goals in the Amazon in Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela.

 

10. Avina, in alliance with Ashoka, Skoll Foundation and Fundação Roberto Marinho, collaborated in organizing the Forum on Social Entrepreneurship in the New Economy, held from June 15-17, 2012, during the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Brazil. Experts from around the world met to exchange ideas and common sense solutions for promoting greater sustainability in the context of economic development. The Inter-American Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and Instituto Arapyaú provided support for the forum.