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Diana Baldenebro

As a student of International Relations, Diana dedicated her thesis to the subject of global governance and international cooperation among NGOs through networks and alliances; which inspired her to volunteer and work for NGOs in Mexico. She decided to dedicate her career to development. After working as a Communications Coordinator for Alternativas y Capacidades –a Mexican NGO dedicated to strengthening civil society in Mexico through capacity building, research and advocacy- she decided to continue her studies in the Netherlands, where she graduated from an MA on Development Studies and specialized in Social Policy for Development. Later she worked as a Project Management Officer at Omron Europe, where she was involved in regional and global projects and developed my project management skills. She has been a part of the Aflatoun team since April 2020.

Why do you work for Aflatoun International?

I believe that empowering children and young people through Social and Financial education allows them to exercise their agency in participating in economic, civic, and social life, as well as to shape or re-shape society to promote equity and greater social inclusion.

What is your role at the organisation?

I am responsible for providing technical, administrative and logistic support to the Programmes Department and our partner organisations.

Why is social and financial education important?

Social and financial education is important because it empowers children and youth by equipping them with the skills and knowledge to become active agents, capable of transforming their communities and societies.

How would you explain what you do to a 5-year-old?

I make it easier for the Programmes team to do their job at supporting our more than 300 partners around the world.

What do you like most about Aflatoun International?

Aflatoun International is a multidisciplinary, multicultural and passionate team. Our programmes follow an active-learning, participant-centred methodology that empowers not only children and young people but also educators and civil society organizations.

How do you see the future of Aflatoun International?

As we advocate and reach more organisations working to empower children and youth all over the world, especially the most vulnerable, I see Aflatoun setting social and financial education on everyone’s agenda, which will support the achievement of our sustainable development goals.