Who we are

The National Foundation for Development (FUNDE) is an institution that conducts research, formulates socioeconomic policies, lobbies and promotes development, with its target population being the most disadvantaged sectors of society.

After many years of work in meeting such objectives, FUNDE has established itself as a solid institution with a marked presence and national influence such that it is considered one of the key points of reference in the national debate on development issues, as well as has achieved an important international presence and recognition.

FUNDE has developed itself into an institution with its own personality and ideas, is independent and respected by various sectors, and hasconvening power and capacity to facilitate consensus-building spaces. FUNDE has been equipped with strong capacities and perspectives to contribute to the transformations the country needs.

As such, in this transitionary periodthe country is going through since the signing of the Peace Accords, FUNDE´s greatest challenge and responsibility is to contribute, efficiently and effectively, to the generation of dynamics and agreements around development.


Generate thought, analysis and development proposals, and influence different socioeconomic actors and centers of power to improve the living standards of society, particularly amongst the poor and marginalized sectors.


Be a leading think tank and advocate in the field of development.

Institutional Objectives:

- Generate analysis and quality and relevant proposals
- Build cognitive capacities amongst key socioeconomic and political actors.
- Influence public policy
- Generate agreements and sociopolitical and economic consensus.

Basic Principles:

- Equity
- Solidarity
- Ethic
- Justice
- Autonomy
- Nonpartisan

- Respect
- Scientific Rigor
- Inclusion
- Responsibility
- Transparency

Strategic Objectives
1. Promote and strengthen spaces for dialogue and consensus-building to contribute in creating agreements for the adequate response to the challenges of development. 

2. Influence the different social actors and centers of power with the purpose of contributing in the decision making processes to favor the improvement of living standards of the population.

3. Strengthen capacities of the different social, economic, and business actors and their organizations through the transfer of knowledge and information, education, trainings, and technical advice.

Creation of Institution

Even though FUNDE was founded in 1992, it was officially registered in 1998 as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in the Official Paper Volume No. 341, published on Friday October 2nd 1998, Number 183. Its legal nature is to be an entity for the public good, apolitical, nonprofit and non-religious, formally established on September 10th 1992 in San Salvador and legally registered on July 13th 1998 in San Salvador. The General Assembly consists of 12 members, the Board of Directors has 6, its authorized representatives; Mr. Julio Ramirez (President) and Roberto Rubio-Fabián PhD. (Executive Director), 8 members in the Advisory Council and a total of 51 staff members.

 2010-2012 Projection

After 20 years of work in meeting such objectives, FUNDE has established itself as a solid institution with a marked presence and national influence such that it is considered one of the key points of reference in the national debate on development issues, as well as it has achieved an important international presence and recognition.

In the presence of an increasing demand for support and services from different sectors of society, FUNDE has been refining its work processes with the objective of strengthening its capacities and optimizing its work responsibly in order to contribute in generating dynamics and agreements that favor development.

This is why in 2010, FUNDE created its Strategic Plan 2010-2012, in which the following objectives are laid out: build cognitive capacities, influence different social actors and centers of power to search for understandings and consensus with regards to national development, and influence development public policy. 

The institutional programs are:

- Funding for Development
- Integration and Development
- Employment and Job Market
-Territory Building and Management
- National Public Policies for Territorial Development
- Citizen Observatory


Main activities carried out under the different programmatic areas of FUNDE:

- Research / Formulation of public policy proposals
- Advocacy and Recommendation
- Education and Training
- Technical Advice

Geographic Reach:

- National
- Departmental
- Central American Region
- International

Management, Departments and Areas of Work: 

Administrative-Financial Management

Administrative-Financial Management is responsible for the economic-financial activities of the organization. It is a system composed of different elements related between them and includes institutional support activities such as: Finance, Accounting, General Administration, Purchases, Services Contracting, Human Resources, Logistics, and General Services.

General Objective:

Manage FUNDE´s financial, physical and human resources according to institutional norms, in a timely and transparent manner.

Project Management and Monitoring 

Project Management and Monitoring works jointly with the different Areas in search of funding sources and other alternatives that enable the sustainability of the institution.

Management also works on the technical and financial monitoring of projects that FUNDE implements and organizes all pertinent information.

New cooperation agencies are searched for, from which 5 are new from the current 21. Work has been done in concretizing the Special Program “FUNDE Consultants”, which objective is to generate alternative sources of funding that contribute to the sustainability of FUNDE´s effort. Furthermore, the monitoring of interventions is facilitated through the Automated Management Information System (SIGA in Spanish) to guarantee success of the interventions.

General Objective:

Strive for a more orderly institutional management that contributes to improverevenues as well as making the execution of interventions more efficient.

Specific Objectives:
1. Broaden and boost access to new cooperation resources and other types of funding
2. Provide management information on the execution of FUNDE´s interventions through SIGA/Database
3. Provide staff the necessary information technology tools for carrying out their work.
4. Promote development through knowledge.


Communications Department
The Communications Department is in charge of strengthening the institutional image of the National Foundation for Development (FUNDE) through information, publicity and dissemination of the most relevant activities and official events with participation from public authorities.

General Objective:

Establish and implement an institutional communication plan that broadly projects FUNDE´s activities in its different areas of work.

Specific Objectives:

1. Strengthen the institutional presence and image, at the national and international level, aiming at capitalizing the progress and results of FUNDE´s work.
2. Develop mechanisms that will increase efficacy and efficiency of FUNDE´s work through events.
3. Support the review and design of FUNDE´s publications and update FUNDE´s website.

Areas of Work

Macroeconomics and Development Area
Implements various topics of the economic and social agenda of the country and Central American region.

Transparency Area
Strives for decisions and public funds to be used in the best way possible such that the benefits reach legitimate target groups, especially the most disadvantaged.

Territorial Development Area
It is a process of economic, social, environmental, cultural, political, and institutional transformations in a determined territory; which occur through dialogue, consensus and coordination of actions between public and private actors, with the objective of improving living standards of the population in an equitable and sustainable manner.

Special Program “Public Security and Development”

This program targets its efforts in the topics of crime and violence prevention and supports employment and productive insertion/reinsertion initiatives that open up opportunities for at-risk youth or who are in conflict with the law, including training activities, technical assistance and promotion of best labor standards, using different approaches and towards different sectors of society.