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Mexico K4C Hub


Mexico City


Iberoamericana University, Mexico City

Pro Niños de la Calle, IAP


Objective: Promote Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) through education, systematization and dissemination of this type of initiative in Mexico, from an open network perspective and with a view to positioning this type of research in Mexico as a real alternative for knowledge generation.

It is proposed to organize the work of the Hub in axes: Education and Formative Proccesses, Systematization and Networking.

Each axis must be intrinsically related to the others, so that the work in the Hub can be articulated as a network that walks together and builds community processes.

Education and Formative Processes: it is intended to work with diverse groups, so that a community that works in terms of CBPR is formed; with community partners, academics, students and others who may be interested in the processes that take place in the Hub. In addition to recognizing the advantages that diverse groups offer from the pedagogical point of view, it also seeks to promote the organic bonding of the people who are part of the training processes, so that each one contributes from their context and particularities. Within the training axis, it is proposed to work with courses of different durations and means of teaching, depending on a first diagnosis that can be developed in the first quarter of 2021.

Systematization: the great work that exists in Mexico in methodologies and processes that could well be CBPR, but that have not necessarily been identified as such, is recognized. That is why it is proposed to work on the systematization of CBPR processes in order to publicize and identify meeting points with these similar processes.

Networking: we know that in order to consolidate a Hub it is necessary to publicize the work that is done, to be able to build bridges and increase the impact that as K4C we are having at a local, regional and international level; that is why the axis of linkage would be working on communicating what is being worked on, the projection that as a Hub we have and the initiatives to which the different communities and people can be added. This axis will also seek to consolidate strategic relationships so that we can add more people to this project.

In addition, in accordance with the values and methodologies of the CBPR, it would be sought that everything be worked from a perspective of local potentialities, in a horizontal and democratic way, favoring the governance of the processes facilitated by the communities..


María José Minakata Quiroga

MA in Environmental Education from University of Guadalajara, and BA in Education Sciences from ITESO University. Since her enrolment in Education, she has been involved in participatory action research (IAP for the Spanish initials), in different projects working with vulnerable children and adolescents, families of migrant people (families who stay behind), with indigenous population in urban settings and environmental education in rural coastal communities. As a result of these projects, research reports (IAP) were generated, as well as the proposal of an Environmental Education Programme, later implemented in 10 rural schools in the Nayarit coast.

She worked at Ibero High School, as coordinator of social values formation and as academic vice-principal. During that time, she accompanied social work with nearby rural communities Salazar and Cañada de Alférez, leading a group of students who worked with children and adolescents in academic tutoring and environmental projects.

Since 2018 she Works at Ibero University, as coordinator of social service. She has worked as a part of Mexico’s Service-Learning Network, leading the work of organizing the first ever National Conference on Service-Learning.


Rocío Cos Garduño

Psychologyst by the Iberoamericana University, Psychoanalyst and has a master´s in Philosophy and in Human Rights and Public Security.  She has dedicated her professional life to the intervention with crime victims and victims of high impact violence in Mexico, and worked with people in vulnerable situations in community contexts. She has designed and implemented violence prevention and attention programs with a gender and human rights approach, as well as restorative justice processes that contributed to restore the social fabric. Recently she has done research of people in vulnerable situtions for policymakers. Actually, she collaborates at the Iberoamericana University as a full-time academic coordinating the social practices of undergraduate students and has been teaching, for several years, at the Psychology and Social Service Department.

Laura Alvarado is an expert and activist in children’s rights, participatory research and child labor. She’s co-founder and currently General Director of Fundación Pro Niños de la Calle IAP. She is also member of the Consultative Board of the National Integral Boys, Girls and Adolescents’ Protection System in Mexico.

She has designed and coordinated numerous research and training projects both in rural and urban settings. She has also conducted as a consultant, institutional strengthening processes among private and public organizations. She has also been external consultant for ILO in different initiatives and programs aimed to eradicate child labor.

María José Moreno is a sociologist who has been involved in the design of workshops and online curriculums to train Pro Niños’ staff so they can create secure and healthy environments in which, children, teens and their families can exercise their rights.

As part of Pro Niños Training and Educational Innovation’s team she has also been involved in the systematization of Program’s educational practices as well as in the
development of evaluation indicators and tools. She has also been involved in training other organization’s teams in several topics related to Pro Niños expertise.



  • Since we are a new hub, we are still defining our next steps.
  • We’ve continued having some work sessions with the Colombian Hub.
  • As part of the Hub Mexico actions, we are including the CPR principles in the formative processes of the academic members who would be leading some community work that is scheduled to start on January 2022. These academic activities are planned to include students from all the programmes.


Mtra. Rocío Cos Garduño, Coordinadora de Espacios Curriculares de Inmersión Social
rocio.cos@ibero.mx, inmersion.social@ibero.mx, www.ibero.mx

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