Capacity Building Workshops

EntreMundos´ Capacity Building Workshop Programme provides staff members from development and human rights organisations with access to high-quality, low-cost capacity building workshops specifically focused on successfully managing non-governmental organisations and implementing effective development projects and programmes.

The Need: Strong organisational management and effective project planning and administration are essential components for anynon-governmental organisation striving to improve social, economic, political or environmental issues. There are very limited opportunities to develop such skills in Guatemala, since formal education tends to prepare students either for the business world or for a role within the government.


Due to the demonstrated and immediate need for building capacities amongst these organizations, EntreMundos has created a region-wide reputation for itself as a leading source of organizational development assistance.

The themes for our yearly series workshops are decided through a participatory planning process that allows our partner organisations to express to us their current training needs.

Based on the results of this diagnostic, we plan a series of workshops that best reflect these needs.



Previous themes have included:

  • Diagnostics and Strategic Planning
  • Project planning
  • Project evaluation and monitoring
  • Fundraising Strategies
  • Strategies for Gender Justice
  • Management of Economic Development Projects
  • Institutional Strengthening
  • Volunteer Management
  • Defence and Promotion of Human Rights
  • Political Participation

The workshops we organise are facilitated by Guatemalan development professionals, well-respected in their particular fields of expertise, and have covered a wide range of themes including organisational governance and management; strategic planning; project planning and management; fundraising and volunteer management.
Some of our facilitators:

Dr Walter Hillerman is a university professor and a consultant for Desarrollo Humano e Institucional (APDHI).  He has more than 30 years e1perience as a business and organizations consultant and hashelped institutions foundations and local NGOs with the organizational strengthening, and project  planning,evaluation and monitoring. He has worked as a facilitator for EntreMundos for 5 years, specializing in project planning subjects. 




Licenciada Patricia Ardon has been working with social movements in Central America for 30 years.  She is a founding member of Just Asociates (JASS) and founder/director of Sinergia N’oj, a Guatemala NGP that provides training in leadership and political participation to young people, indigenous leaders, female leaders and social movements. She has facilitated our Political Participation workshop. 




Licenciado Guilllermo Cifuentes is Executive Director of Asociacion de Desarrollo Agricola y Micro-Empresarial (ADAM), and is responsible for relationships with international funders such as Oxfam and European Union. He has participated in NGO activities in many countries including El Salvador, Colombia, Germany and Japan. Guillermo has facilitated several workshops on fundraising strategy. 




Licenciada Anantonia Reyes Prado is an anthropologist with several masters degrees in Human Rights. She has more than 20 years experience in the human rights field working in several different countries and with many different organizations. Currently she works for the Guatemalan Human Rights Ombudsman and is a member of the Advisory Commitee on Human Rights for the United Nations. Anantonia has facilitated the Diploma course in Defense and Promotion of Human Rights




Dr Dennis Rodas holds a Doctorate in Economics and is a university professor with over 16 years experience. He specializes in business management themes such as productivity and entreprenuership.

As a consultant he has worked with many national and international organizaitons and instituations such as BID, FOMIN and World Bank. Dennis has facilitated the workshop in Managment of Local Economic Development Projects. 

The IT Skills Training Program

In August 2007, EntreMundos received a donation of 10 computers from an Oregon-based non-profit, Partners in Solidarity. These 10 computers marked the start of the realisation of our IT Resources and Training Centre. Through this Centre, EntreMundos has been able to provide development organisations with a series of IT Skills Training Courses on various computer programmes, covering users with all levels of ability: from those who have never used a computer before to those who are already competent computer users and require more specific training.



The aim of our IT Skills Training Programme is to build the IT abilities of staff members of development organisations so that they are able to use information technology to improve the management of their organisations and programmes in order to achieve their own development objectives. In particular, we aim to further develop organisations´ communication and administrative skills, enhance their online visibility and improve their abilities to seek out and secure funding.



In 2012, thanks to the generous support of our partners the Planet Wheeler Foundation we were able to buy 10 brand new computers, marking an important next step for this vital programme. With these new computers we will be able to enhance the variety of the courses that we offer, as they have the capacity to run many more programmes than our previous computers. As a result, we aim to offer courses in areas such as website design and maintenance, online fundraising and the use of project planning and accounting software.

Free Online Resources

There is an abundance of free resources available online to assist development organizations in all aspects of organizational management. Below is a list of just a few that may be useful to you. 

Association of Charitable Foundations (

ACF is a UK wide support organization for grant making trusts and foundations. A subscription is required to access the foundation database, however they also offer some free documents and leaflets containing fundraising advice. 

Funder Finder ( 

FunderFinder is a small UK charity which produces software programs and other resources, mainly for grant-seekers. Some of the products and literature they produce are free, including PDFs offering fundraising advice. Other books and directories available from their resource centre have a charge levied on them. 

The International Development Directory ( 

The purpose of this website is to provide free resources and information to the development community around the world. There are PDF versions of directories for every country in the world which can be downloaded for free with an additional feature allowing you to personalise each directory in order to make it more relevant to the activities of your organization. 

International Human Rights Funders Group (

This organization provides a free funders database for development organizations seeking funding, with information including contact information, area of focus and guidelines for applying for grants. 

IT for Charities ( 

This site provides information on free and discounted software and hardware specifically designed for development organizations as well as links to product reviews and evaluations.

National Network of Grantmakers ( 

Has information and advice for development organizations on applying for grants as well as a downloadable common grant application that is accepted by many grant making bodies that do not carry their own specific grant template. 

NGO Café (

NGO café is think tank which assists NGOs in improving and enhancing their programs and activities. It offers free advice on starting up and NGO, fundraising, office management, networking and project management. 


Nonprofit Good Practice Guide (

This website provides free information and articles on all aspects of development organization management including, advocacy, governance, fundraising, marketing communications and financial management. 

A message to our local partner organizations…… 

If you have encountered any other online resources that you have found particularly useful to your organization, please let us know by email through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will add it to this list.

EntreMundos Digital Library

This paragraph summarizes the methodological manuals and guides that are specifically for organizations and groups that work in the field of rural development and the defense of human rights.
They have been grouped into six different topics:
  • 1)  Project Cycle Management (General)

  • 2)  Planning and Management of Projects in Specific Sectors

  • 3)  Political Advocacy, Awareness Raising, and Defense/Advancement

  • 4)  Management and Administration of Nonprofit Organization

  • 5)  Fundraising

  • 6)  Information Technology Skills

The majority of these documents have been used as teaching and training tools in our certification programs, courses, and workshops: it is EntreMundos’ pleasure to share them, to facilitate a flow of knowledge and an exchange of experiences, and to promote personal, institutional, and community growth.

If you know of and keep up with other capacity building material that has been particularly useful for you and/or your organization, please let us know by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can add it to the current list.

Project Cycle Management (General)


Planning and Management of Projects in Specific Sectors

Political Advocacy, Awareness Raising, and Defense/Advancement

Management and Administration of Nonprofit Organization



Program for the Reception of Volunteers

an8aThrough our Volunteer Program, we currently support approximately 100 Guatemalan organizations. Our experience shows that volunteers can be a large help to these organizations when they are managed seriously, with planning, effectiveness, and efficiency. In order to optimize and systemize our 15 years of work in the field of reception and administration of volunteers, we have created a complete manual of BEST PRACTICES IN VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENTa useful and indispensable resource for organizations, both Guatemalan and foreign, that want to explore the world of volunteering. Said manual can be consulted and reproduced if EntreMundos (the author and copyright holder of the manual) is credited and the following information sections are included:
a)   Establishment of volunteer positions;
b)   Analysis of risks and creation of policies;
c)   Recruitment, marketing, and communication stage;
d)   Selection of potential volunteers;
e)   Training and supervision of volunteers;
f)   Motivation and recognition of volunteers;
g)   Response to and mitigation of incidents; resolution of problems;
h)   Maintain contact with volunteers.
If your association, organization, group, or NGO would like to be part of our database to receive Volunteers – whether as a Community Service Learning for Groupsor as an Internship – please contact the Program Coordinator here: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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