Maya farmers sort native maize varieties

Agroecological course, carried out by the partner organisation Patronato

Shop of the women's cooperative in CESDER Zautla

The work of DVV International in Mexico began in 1993 with a national office. Since 2000, the office also functions as the regional office for the Institute’s work in Central America. The programmes in Mexico are directed in particular toward the indigenous rural population, women and local decision-makers. For many years one focus has been to promote the establishment of self-governing structures for the indigenous peoples at the local level. A local expert from the regional office coordinates the work in the country with the Mexican partner organisations and conducts the EU projects which began in 2014 on the human right to education.

Main focus of work

In Mexico, the six partners of DVV International place special emphasis on political education and the direct involvement of the population in local politics. Through that, sustainable agriculture in the sense of solidarity economy should be strengthened. The use of native seeds and local production by the rural population are measures of this success. The overall objective is to strengthen the human right to lifelong learning.

For indigenous women, courses are conducted through which they gain confidence and organisational skills. The increasing involvement of men in issues concerning the relationship between genders is an important part of the overall project.

A consortium on interculturalism with five governmental and nongovernmental organisations and institutions is developing an intercultural education for adult educators and trainers as well as teachers in order to enhance their skills in dealing with bicultural and bilingual groups.

In the EU financed project Derecho EPJA (evaluation of state compliance with the human right to education) the efforts of state agencies in regard to lifelong learning for all will be evaluated. This project is being carried out with three Mexican partners (UCI-RED, EDUCE and INICIA) in three southern provinces of Mexico (Puebla, Chiapas and Quintana Roo) and wants to strengthen the organisations and institutions involved so that they can influence government educational institutions, primarily the National Institute for Adult Education (INEA).


In Mexico, DVV International works with six partner organisations. First and foremost among these are non-governmental organisations, community-based organisations and associations that are active in the field of development-oriented adult education. They focus their work on the promotion of self-help organisations in order to improve living conditions, especially for groups of marginalised indigenous peoples and their participation in local self-government. Partners in Mexico are: Centro de Estudio para el Desarrollo Rural (CESDER); Educación, Cultura y Ecología (EDUCE); Patronato Pro Educación (PATRONATO); Universidad Campesina Indígena (UCI-RED); Iniciativas para la Identidad y la Inclusión (INICIA) sowie Voces Mesoamericanas – Acción con Pueblos Migrantes (VM-APM).

Contact in Mexico

DVV International
Gómez Farias No. 75
Col. del Carmen
Coyoacán, México 04100, D.F.

Regional Director Central America and Cuba:
Susanna Hess-Kalcher

Contact in Germany

Senior Desk Officer
Central America and Cuba:
Eva König

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