When Herman Calvo, director of the Metropolitan Area of Centro Occidente (incl. the municipality of Pereira) grew up his grandparents gave him examples on how to live a sustainable living – from using the last drop in a shampoo bottle to using cloths till they fell apart.

Despite global progress in fighting poverty there are problems of inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, biodiversity loss, conflict, migration and refugee flows. The need has never been greater to develop to balance prosperity with social well-being and environmental protection. Several international conferences in 2015 set out new global agendas to deal with these challenges. There is global recognition that local governments have a significant role in implementing the agreed agendas with other state and non-state organisations.<br />

The wider objective of the project is to contribute to enhanced resilience of the leeward islands to deal with future disasters after hurricane Irma in 2017. The specific objective of the project is provide assistance to the Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (VROMI) and specifically its permits department, department of domain affairs and inspection department. <br />
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The expected results of the project are: <br />

Following the Hurricane that struck St. Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius on September 6 2017, Dutch municipalities contacted their Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG) to define a common response to support the islands. VNG called upon its members to donate to the fundraising campaign of the Netherlands Red Cross (NLRC) and they agreed to work together in the recovery phase. <br />
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The wider objective of the project was to reduce the basic causes of fragility in both La Macarena Colombia and the municipalities of Santo Domingo Xenacoj (Sacatepequez) and Parramos (Chimaltenango) in Guatemala and improve the security in these municipalities.<br />
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The specific objectives (outcomes and intervention strategies) were:<br />
1. Access to the justice system<br />
2. Settlement and citizen security<br />
3. Participation of the rural inhabitants in municipal governance<br />

Objective: institutional capacity building of the Association of Municipalities of Nicaragua (AMUNIC) to help municipalities in local economic development and securing food. <br />
Target group: AMUNIC and the 153 member municipalities <br />
Activiteis: Advice and coaching, on-the-job training, workshops<br />
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