Interna Gobernanza Inclusiva

INCLUSIVE GOVERNANCE

 

We develop initiatives to strengthen the capacity of national and subnational governments to promote social inclusion and eradicate discrimination in society, as well as to promote the protection and conservation of indigenous peoples and their traditional ecological knowledge on health issues and sustainable management of their lands and territories.

 

National Inclusion Plans

• Together with the Ministry of Culture of Peru, we worked with the Analysis Group for Development (GRADE) to carry out the Specialized Study on the Afro-Peruvian Population (EEPA). The study was the basis of the constitutional mandate to develop public policies for Afro-descendants in the National Development Plan for the Afro-Peruvian Population (PLANDEPA) 2016-2020. EEPA provides an in-depth analysis of the living conditions of the Afro-Peruvian population with respect to education, health, housing, income and job opportunities, among others. The study also examines the opinions of individuals about racism and discrimination, as well as their perceptions of culture and identity.

• We support the Office of Planning and Budget (OPP) of Uruguay in the elaboration of the National Strategy on Public Policies for Afro-descendants and Afro-Uruguayans (2017 - 2030). This strategy will help coordinate the actions of the national government and the departmental governments in the promotion of racial equality, with the purpose of eliminating the ethnic and racial gaps that affect Afro-descendants today.

• We collaborated with Medellín, Montevideo, Quito and Mexico City, four cities of the Latin American and Caribbean Coalition of Cities against Racism, Discrimination and Xenophobia, in the Regional Public Goods program to create integrated action plans to promote inclusion and combat racism, discrimination and xenophobia.

• We funded, together with local government authorities and civil society, the development of the SomosAfro.org web platform, designed to empower residents of predominantly Afro-descendant communities to propose ideas and solutions to the problems that impact their communities. Suggestions range from alternatives to promote cultural identity and social innovation, to options to improve the functioning of local governments. Launched with the Association of Mayors of Afro-descendant Municipalities and carried out in collaboration with “El Negro está de Moda”, the network currently has 22 municipalities in five countries.

Territories and Natural Resources

• In Honduras, we work to strengthen the capacity of indigenous peoples to adapt to climate change through the execution of community pilot projects that improve local livelihoods.


• We support the Socio Bosque Incentive Program of the Ministry of Environment of Ecuador, oriented to the protection and conservation of ecosystem services in indigenous and afro-descendant territories. The project included the preparation of an impact evaluation of the Socio Bosque Conservation Incentives Program , a sociocultural assessment, and a spatial analysis using GIS tools. The project also included activities to support the collective beneficiaries, through the analysis of community bio-ventures based on the sustainable use of the forest, as well as various trainings.


• Through the project Indigenous Peoples in Frontier Regions of the OTCA, we facilitate the regional cooperation of the Amazonian countries to promote actions related to the wellbeing of indigenous peoples in frontier regions in terms of health and sustainable management of their lands and territories. We finance the development of instruments and guides on health protection and the exchange of traditional knowledge.


• Through the project Protection of Traditional Ecological Knowledge in the Frontier Region of Honduras and Guatemala, we promote the recovery, systematization, protection, revaluation and transfer of the traditional ecological knowledge of the binational Maya Ch'orti 'people (in Honduras and Guatemala). The purpose of this project is to have a positive impact on the conservation of biodiversity, ecosystem services and effective response to climate change, as well as on the recovery of their identity. Through extensive consultation and participation processes, the project contributed to the development of a protocol for the systematization of traditional knowledge. Additionally, equipment and training were provided for the organizational strengthening of the communities.

Autonomias Indigenas

• The program in support of the consolidation of indigenous autonomies contributed to the development of public policies that helped in the transition, establishment and development of the Indigenous Autonomies in Bolivia. Currently, there are three consolidated Indigenous Autonomies in the country, with governments elected under their uses and customs. In order to promote development with identity and the right of indigenous peoples to self-determination within the framework of the State's Political Constitution, the program continues to support the strengthening of the self-government capacity of the new indigenous governments through the implementation of regulations for the operation and implementation of territorial management plans, fiscal decentralization agreements and public policies.

• We support the Government of Guatemala in the implementation of the Native Nutrition project to reduce chronic malnutrition in the department of Sololá. The initiative is aimed at strengthening the population's capacities to produce native crops, increasing the local availability of products made with native and highly nutritious plants and implementing a maternal and child nutrition program. To date, 48 workshops on the management of native plants have been carried out, benefiting 425 producers. Additionally, 1,063 pounds of chan and 2,125 pounds of amaranth have been collected, processed and sold. More than 450 women—pregnant or lactating—have received training on the use and consumption of products made from chan and amaranth, and 36 children have participated in a pilot program about nutrition based on these products.

Nutrición Nativa

• Through the Regularization of Reserves of Indigenous Peoples in Isolation, we support the Government of Peru to progress in the process of protecting Indigenous Peoples in Isolation and Initial Contact (PIACI) and increase the awareness about their levels of vulnerability and cultural wealth.