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<< Back to: ICLEI e-News | issue 11, December 2007 - January 2008

Cities in LACS Poised to Set up Local Observatories

Significant progress has been made during the second phase of the Local Agenda for Peace and Security Research Project.

The project, supported by the International Development Research Centre's (IRDC)
Peace-Building and Reconstruction Program Initiative has just reached the twelve month mark.  Thus far, preparatory activities have expanded stakeholder involvement at national and local levels, and has brought in in-kind resources to complement project resources for capacity development. These activities have also strengthened national-local linkages, widened the advocacy network and communication channels, and harnessed ownership and sustainability of peace-building initiatives.

City baseline profiles and national policy reviews have been completed, in partnership with FLACSO (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciências Sociales), Sede Ecuador Programa Estudios de la Ciudad, and CISALVA (Instituto de Investigación y Desarrollo en Prevención de Violencia y Promoción de Convivencia).  Women’s groups have been invited to present existing indicators that can be incorporated in the observatories.

Additionally, the methodology and systems to set up the local observatories have been adjusted by project partners and cities, oriented towards policies for violence prevention and control.

Adjustments in data gathering, processing and analysis and tools for decision-making will be discussed in the regional workshop in November entitled “Citizen Security: “Instruments for Diagnosis and Decision-Making”. As part of the cooperative agreement, the Department for Citizen Security of the City of Quito (Ecuador) is developing training materials on local policy development that will be made available on a web-platform in time for the training in November 2007. This will prepare cities to set up their local observatories at the beginning of 2008.

For more information on this project, please contact ICLEI’s Latin America and Caribbean Secretariat at icleilacs@iclei.org.

Other partners for this project include the National Government of Ecuador that formally engaged the cooperation of the police and the justice departments; (b) the Institute of Research and Development in Violence Prevention and Coexistence Promotion-Universidad del Valle in Colombia and Central America; (c) the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Ecuador, and (d) the UNDP Development and Peace in the Northern Border of Ecuador