Beginning in 2014, CISAL worked closely with 17 municipalities in Colombia and Peru to adopt strategies that strengthen governance, promote local economic development (LED) and increase gender equity. Over the course of five years, participating municipal staff and elected officials built relationships with their Canadian counterparts, through technical assistance, knowledge exchange, and fieldwork. These relationships resulted in more efficient, transparent, inclusive and sustainable local governance.
The municipality of Red Lake, Ontario, was one of many Canadian municipalities that participated in the CISAL program, working with four local governments in Antioquia, Colombia. One of their most significant contributions involved sharing best practices on long-term local economic development (LED) planning and community engagement.
One of the main challenges for local governments in Latin America is solid waste management. FCM’s Sustainable and Inclusive Communities in Latin America (CISAL) program is helping partner municipalities in Ancash, Peru address the challenge of their municipal landfills quickly reaching capacity. In 2017, a delegation of representatives from the four Peruvian partner local governments traveled to Capital Regional District (CRD), British Columbia, to learn about the District’s internationally recognized solid waste management system.
In the next few weeks, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is organising several webinars and invites CIB members to attend and collaborate.
The webinars showcase FCM programmes and projects that are concerned with development cooperation abroad. Moreover, the webinars contain good practices that emerge from FCM’s experience, as well as an exchange of ideas both within Canada and between Canadian partners and foreign partners.
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has launched a new five-year program, “Sustainable and Inclusive Communities in Latin America” (CISAL, 2015-2019, $20 million), funded by the Canadian government’s department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. The objective of CISAL is to strengthen local governments in Colombia and Peru in their management of the impacts and benefits from mining development, as well as to train them to play a leading role in building more sustainable, resilient and inclusive communities.