Avina‘s field presence is an essential component of its continental transformation strategy.

Our operational model seeks to ensure agile decision-making, effective management, coherent strategy, correct analysis of the social and political context, and efficient coordination of value-added actions in the institution’s priority initiatives in 21 Latin American countries. Our operational base has three pillars: distributed presence, autonomous teams and aligned management.

Distributed Presence: Avina has local teams based in 15 countries. Each team member is well grounded in the country’s characteristics and complexities. Avina always works through alliances, and therefore we recognize the importance of being close to the actors and organizations working on the front lines of development challenges in each country. To maximize the coverage of the region by our 100 team members, we work in a virtual network based out of 14 legal entities and multiple local offices. The coordination across teams, cultures, languages, entities, currencies and countries is handled efficiently thanks to robust technological systems and clear and consistent management protocols. We also have initiatives in place in six other countries through our extensive network of allies.


Autonomous Teams: Avina is an international organization with regional strategies implemented in a coordinated manner in various countries. This coordination requires collaborators be simultaneously members of local and international teams. To maximize the efficiency and flexibility of teams, the collaborators operate autonomously within a framework of shared policies and practices. The majority of Avina collaborators are part of more than one team, and periodic rotation of responsibilities occurs in order to respond to changing external demands and needs for professional growth.

Aligned Management: The alignment of teams, areas and strategies in the region also demands an agile and collegial management. Avina’s chief executive officer leads an executive team of six directors that ensures the integrity of Avina’s operations in all of Latin America.