msp_partnership_roadLa Asociación de Comités Comunitarios Medio Ambiental de la Región Ixil
Diego Ramirez Cobo

ACCMARI – a community-based NGO in Guatemala, brings 54+ communities together to increase communication, collaboration, and cooperation and decrease competition for development projects. ACCMARI also serves as a channel to connect local communities with external groups seeking to develop infrastructure or provide other services in the area. Diego Ramirez, President and founder of ACCMARI, spent his childhood in the Ixil villages of Guatemala. MSP began partnering with ACCMARI in 2015 to help evaluate if and how water systems installed by ACCMARI in the Ixil villages meet the needs of the communities as well as exploring the possibility of unintended consequences that large lifestyle changes can have on villages and working to avoid them.

kenyaInternational Peace Initiatives (IPI) – Meru, Kenya
Dr. Karambu Ringera

International Peace Initiatives (IPI) is a global network of individuals and organizations seeking innovative and alternative means of overcoming the devastation of disease, conflict, and poverty in the world today. IPI accomplishes these initiatives through grassroots capacity building, community based research, and sharing information on successful practices in HIV/AIDS management, peacebuilding, and economic empowerment programs. IPI’s work in Africa uplifts the spirit and living standards of the people in their communities. Our tools are education, enterprise and empowerment. The organization’s current focus is on women and youth groups that are involved in self-help activities in Kenya. The aim is to develop working relationships with these groups so that through their own initiative and that of friends interested in supporting them, they are empowered to raise the quality of life of people challenged by HIV/AIDS, violence, and poverty.

ecuador-jMunicipality of Ruminahui and UNESCO – Quito, Ecuador
Carolina Mancheno

The Municipality of Ruminahui and the MSP began partnering in May 2016 on a vulnerability assessment and risk management action plan for the communities surrounding Quito. Quito’s proximity to the Cotopaxi Volcano puts its communities, natural resources, and cultural artifacts in a constant state of vulnerability, yet the communities living there lack concrete policies and plans for disaster preparedness. Working with Carolina Mancheno , MSP students are reviewing data; conducting interviews with citizens, policy makers, and disaster experts; completing complexity assessments of the Quito-Cotapaxi system; as a part of a participatory process involving all stakeholders. This process will lend itself to the creation of a management model that will include the guidelines of the Ministry for the environment, promotion of research, education conservation and the sustainable use of the Colonso Chalpuas Biological Reserve.
The MSP is also partnering with UNESCO Quito and the Regional Amazonia university IKIAM to develop a collaborative framework for the improvement of the participatory management model of the Colonso chalupas Biological Reserve, situated in an environmentally and culturally diverse area. One of the goal’s of this project is to develop strategies for cross-cultural cooperation in regard to conservation, education, and sustainable development.