Transferring knowledge on climate change and circular economy from the Mexican diaspora
RGMX-UK, the main beneficiary of the action, is the UK chapter of the Mexican Talent Network, and was created in 2010 by members of the Mexican diaspora living in the UK and with close links to academia.
In line with its global priorities, RGMX-UK wants to continue contributing to the SDGs by engaging the academic diaspora in concrete actions for Mexico’s development. To do so, they require capacity development to systematise diaspora knowledge transfer to bolster the development work of civil society organisations in Mexico. RGMX-UK has decided to pilot a system to do this whilst supporting the objectives of SDG 13.3 (Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning).
This action will create a pilot scheme to test how to complement government efforts via knowledge transfer from the diaspora and academia. In order to achieve a greater reach and impact, RGMX-UK seeks to strengthen interactions within the Red Global MX network system including by expanding its membership base.
Programme of activities
EUDiF will assist RGMX-UK in structuring technical knowledge transfer between Mexico and Europe with diaspora academics as catalysts. To achieve this the following activities are being undertaken:
Communications expert Magdalena Mactas conducted an evaluation of RGMX-UK’s existing database of academia to identify gaps and the specific networking needs of the organisation.
Based on the findings of the needs assessment, the expert developed a a methodology to expand and strengthen RGMX-UK’s network of academics.
Three sessions were delivered by the expert Magdalena Mactas to train RGMX-UK executive board members on the new methodology and pilot it to identify Mexican diaspora academics and scientists for the co-creation events for the drafting of the toolkit on citizen climate change action.
Mexican diaspora professional and expert in sustainable education, Dr. Kristy Peña, conducted an assessment of needs and capacities of RGMX-UK and the nodes (Mexican CSOs in the RGMX network) that will be involved in the design of the toolkit on climate change action toolkit.
A first draft of the toolkit on citizen climate change and circular economy education was shared online with Mexican diaspora academics and scientists for feedback.
In person co-creation workshops were organised in London with the assistance of Dr Kristy Peña to consolidate the final version of the toolkit.
A launch was organised in Mexico to launch and disseminate the toolkit, as well as to promote the work of RGMX-UK and build bridges between academic diaspora and CSOs in Mexico.